While Jim Edmonds has made the Milwaukee roster, he might not be reunited with former Cardinals teammate Jeff Suppan after all...
Suppan, who signed a $40 million contract with Milwaukee after playing in the 2006 World Series with St. Louis, is owed more than $12 million for the upcoming season. But he, by accounts of the Milwaukee press, finished third in a three-way race for the team's last spot in the starting rotation.
He's 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA for the spring and has given up 21 hits and six walks in 16 2/3 innings.
So, the question is what to do with him. Suppan is untradable because of his large contract -- unless the Brewers are willing to eat the vast majority of it. Do they release him and eat the whole thing?
Just three years ago, Suppan was hailed as a potential ace in Milwaukee. He was a veteran pitcher who had been all the way to the top of the post season mountain. He was also prized for his club house leadership. It's scary how fast things can change in the big leagues.
After a 7-12 season in 2009 with a 5.29 ERA, Suppan became a whipping boy of Milwaukee fans. A story about the possibility that he wouldn't make the team in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel drew comments along the line of "good riddance."
I wonder why they are so surprised. Suppan has a career 4.68 ERA and a 135-135 record. Subtract his Cardinals years and he is 18 games under .500 for his career. He's played for six teams in 14 years... But, thanks largely to his Brewers contract, if this is it for the 35 year old pitcher, he ought to be okay. Suppan has made about $60 million to be a below average third or fourth starter.