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Brewers sign pitcher Kyle Lohse to three-year, $33 million deal

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Brewers sign pitcher Kyle Lohse to three-year, $33 million deal
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The Milwaukee Brewers' newest starter says he's ready to go. The Brewers signed veteran right-hander Kyle Lohse on Monday, March 25, to a three-year, $33 million contract that pays him an extra $350,000 each season in which he throws 190 innings.

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General Manager Doug Melvin says the 34-year-old Lohse is coming off two outstanding years with division rival Saint Louis, and he knows how competitive the National League Central can be. Melvin also denied that Lohse's signing was a panic move, as the younger pitchers at the bottom of the rotation have struggled at times this spring.

Lohse, a 12-year Major League veteran, says he's been having his own spring training. He's been throwing up to 90 miles an hour against college hitters.

He threw a bullpen session Tuesday for pitching coach Rick Kranitz, and could pitch in an exhibition game as early as Thursday.

Lohse will start the regular season on Milwaukee's active roster. He's coming off his best season a year ago, going 16-3 with the Cardinals with a 2.86 ERA.

For his career, Lohse is 118-109 with a 4.45 ERA with Minnesota, Cincinnati, Philadelphi, and the Cardinals.

Under the contract offering rules, Saint Louis will get a supplemental draft pick in June. The Brewers will lose their first-rounder, the 17th pick overall.

Mark Rogers struggling

The Brewers were expected to decide by Wednesday what to do with right-hander Mark Rogers. The team's first-round draft pick from 2004 is expected to start the season on the disabled list after having control and velocity problems this spring.

Rogers met Monday with Manager Ron Roenicke, General Manager Doug Melvin, and Assistant GM Gord Ash. Roenicke said Rogers does not have structural issues, like elbow or shoulder problems. He said the key is to build up the pitcher's arm strength.

After pitching with the Brewers for the latter part of 2012, Rogers was a candidate for this year's starting rotation. But he struggled all spring.

On Sunday, his fastball topped out at 89 miles an hour as he gave up two runs in three innings against Colorado. Normally, he'd be sent to the minors to get some work in, but Rogers is out of minor league options.

New contract expected for Packers quarterback

A new contract for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers could be completed before the NFL Draft on April 25. Rodgers has two years left on his current contract.

According to several reports, the deal will also make Rodgers the highest paid player in the NFL. CEO Mark Murphy says reaching a new deal with Rodgers has been a priority in the off-season.

Free-agent chooses Ravens

The race for free-agent safety Michael Huff has ended, and not with the Packers. The Baltimore Ravens announced Wednesday they have signed the seven-year veteran to a contract, ending speculation he would visit the Packers in the week ahead.

Badgers linebacker has hernia

The Wisconsin Badgers announced linebacker Mike Taylor has cancelled his pro day workout Wednesday. Taylor suffered a sports hernia against Michigan State last season and had surgery in January.

Taylor says it is frustrating, but "it is what it is" and will move forward. He was very productive for the Badgers, accumulating over 270 tackles and five sacks in two seasons.

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