Earlier this afternoon, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman broke that the Brewers had agreed with free agent Kyle Lohse on a deal. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and others have since reported that it’s a 3 year deal worth about 11 million per year.

A couple weeks back, Badger State Sports contributor Abraham Jaroszewski made an argument for why the Brewers should sign Lohse (though he’s apparently not thrilled about the length of the deal).

Brewers pitchers including Mike Fiers, Wily Peralta and Mark Rogers have struggled all spring, with inflated ERAs that surely gave Doug Melvin and Mark Attanasio some reasons to be concerned heading into the season. The signing of Lohse should solidify the rotation, although it’s still not likely to put the Brewers in competition with the Reds at the top of the division.

The move is also drawing some comparisons to the ill-advised free agent contract Jeff Suppan signed with the club after the 2006 season. Like Lohse, Suppan was on the wrong side of 30 and an average or worse pitcher for most of his career. Suppan received a four year contract from the Brewers worth 12 million per year. However, it should be pointed out that Suppan never had a season that approached Lohse’s 16-3, 2.86 ERA numbers of 2012.

Bill James projects Lohse at 13-10 with a 3.63 ERA and 3.71 FIP for this season. Should Lohse put up those numbers or anything close, the Brewers would likely be thrilled.