Update: Milwaukee informed Looper Friday that he will not be retained, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Senitnel. The paper also reports that the Brewers are talking with Detroit about a potential deal for Tigers starter Edwin Jackson.
The original post:
Former Cardinals starter Braden Looper will learn by Saturday whether the Brewers will pick up his 2010 option or he will become a free agent.
The contract Looper signed with Milwaukee last off-season called for a $6.5 million salary in 2010 or a $1 million buyout. It's a mutual option, so if the Brewers pick up their share and Looper declines his, he gets nothing, according to the Associated Press.
I'm guessing Milwaukee will pay the million bucks and send Looper on his way even though he led the Brew Crew in wins with 14. Looper had an unimpressive 5.22 ERA, but even worse, he gave up a major league leading 39 homers in 2009.
Milwaukee is already saddled with a $14.5 million payday for fellow former Cardinals pitcher Jeff Suppan in 2010 thanks to the backloaded contract he got to defect from St. Louis following the 2006 World Series.
If the Brewers kept Looper, that means the team would have more than a quarter of its $80.1 million payroll on just two mediocre players. I like Looper and Suppan. But good luck with that.
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