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Soup's off

The Brewers have released former Cardinals pitcher Jeff Suppan, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Suppan, who signed a four-year, $42-million contract with Milwaukee after the 2006 World Series, was 29-36 with a 5.08 ERA with the Brew Crew. This season he was 0-2 with a 7.84 ERA in 31 innings and had been demoted from a leader in the starting rotation to a bullpen mop up man. It was to the point where he couldn't pitch in a home game because fans at Miller Park booed him mercilessly.

I wonder if there is anything Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan could do to straighten Suppan out. At the price of a prorated portion of the major league minimum, a rehabilitated Suppan could be a good longterm replacement for Kyle Lohse.

His time with the Cardinals was the most successful of Soup's career. He was 44-26 in St. Louis with a 3.95 ERA from