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Rumor Mill: Looper to Milwaukee?

According to the Milwaukee press, former Cardinals hurler Braden Looper may be close to signing a deal with the Brewers.

The Brew Crew hopes to ink the versitile pitcher to a one-year contract for less than the $5 million that it took for the Dodgers to land Randy Wolf.

I still don't know why the Cardinals have no interest in Looper, who made a remarkable transition to the starting rotation. He could give the team valuable depth in the bullpen as an experienced closer and set-up man on the off chance that the Redbirds' fragile rotation survives the entire season intact. While he wanted more than they were prepared to spend early in the off-season, Looper stands to cost about two-thirds of what the Cardinals will spend on Joel Pineiro in the upcoming season.

And not only does it hurt to lose Looper, but it could be doubly painful to lose him to the pitching depleted Brewers.