How O's, Brewers can salvage winter

The Brewers and Orioles could both desperately use a starter like Kyle Lohse. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

The Baltimore Orioles and Milwaukee Brewers are two good teams that have been curiously quiet this offseason. Sure, the Orioles did re-sign left fielder Nate McLouth and make a bevy of small deals that included the acquisitions of third baseman Danny Valencia, left fielder Trayvon Robinson and second baseman Alexi Casilla. And yes, the Brewers did improve their bullpen by inking free-agent left-hander Tom Gorzelanny and trading for Burke Badenhop. But besides those moves, it’s basically been crickets for Orioles and Brewers fans.

Both of these clubs are playoff contenders, capable of winning their divisions or at the very least securing wild-card berths. One problem: The teams around them have spent the winter improving, while they have stood still. The good news for the O's and Brewers is that there is one free agent still out there who could help them save their respective offseasons, and his name is Kyle Lohse.