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Jeff Suppan is heading back to St. Louis

Jun 10, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

Well, that didn’t take long.
Jeff Suppan got himself a four-year, $42 million contract from the Brewers based on the solid work he did for the Cardinals from 2004-2006, so after flopping in Milwaukee and getting released earlier this week the 35-year-old veteran is now back in St. Louis.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have signed Suppan and will likely add him to the major-league roster by early next week. St. Louis was looking for rotation help with both Kyle Lohse and Brad Penny injured, but he allowed 29 runs in 31 innings for the Brewers this season and had a 5.08 ERA during his four-year stint in Milwaukee.
Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan has worked plenty of miracles with washed-up veterans before, but if he can turn Suppan into something resembling a decent starter they should probably just put him right into the Hall of Fame. In the midst of his overall struggles Suppan was 5-2 with a 3.63 ERA versus the Cardinals since signing with the Brewers, so Duncan and company may not realize just how awful he’s been.

  1. ecp - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    That sound you hear is the hysterical laughter of Brewers fans.

  2. mlbstl - Jun 10, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    ecp,
    I think the sound you refer to is the Brewers organization eating the rest of his contract.
    Oh, and sounds you hear in the basement of the NL Central.

  3. The J Man - Jun 10, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    I dig the author’s sarcastic point of view on this. I think even Cards fans could agree with that sentiment.

  4. steve - Jun 10, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    No, it’s definitely the laughter of the Brewers fans…

  5. Doug - Jun 10, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    Don’t know why the Cardinals would be interested in the guy – I don’t think he has ever had a DUI so it will be tough to fit in down there.

  6. Curious George - Jun 10, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    Dave Duncan… sows’ ears… silk purses…

    Kyle Lohse, Joel Pineiro, Brady Penny, Ryan Franklin. Hell, even Chris Carpenter way back when.

    Will Suppan suceed? The odds are certainly against him, but if anyone can wring a scintilla of value from the man, count on Duncan.

  7. Matt Holliday - Jun 10, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    It’s funny how the guy above thinks that Lohse, Pineiro, and Penny have pitched well for the Cardinals. LOL! They SUCK!

  8. Augie - Jun 10, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    Carpenter was not “way back when.” Way back when was Eck, Stewart, and Welch. Anyway, what are the Cards supposed to do, keep starting relievers or bringing guys up from the minors? Much more likely to mess somebody up who could be useful down the road. Suppan presumably won’t cost them much. He can eat up innnings. Someday the Cards’ offense will get going again and he may even win a couple. And if he doesn’t, there’s no worry about messing with his head–he’s been there before.

  9. Jon - Jun 10, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    Don’t know why the Brewers would laugh. They still have to pay him more than $15 million for this season and next.
    I hate this move for the Cardinals, but it’s the Brewers who like stupid in this. The Cards will pay him league minimum to suck. The Brewers paid him $42 million to suck.
    So who’s laughing?

  10. Jon - Jun 10, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Don’t know why the Brewers would laugh. They still have to pay him more than $15 million for this season and next.
    I don’t love this move for the Cardinals, but it’s the Brewers who look stupid in this. The Cards will pay him league minimum to suck. The Brewers paid him $42 million to suck.
    So who’s laughing?

  11. Adam - Jun 11, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    What else is out there that the Cardinals could sign? Pedro Martinez? John Smoltz? If they’re going to bring back another pitcher off the scrap heap, they might as well get the guy that has a very very good history with Dave Duncan and be able to do it on the Brewers dime. I honestly believe that if this “expiriment” fails, the Cardinals will go out and trade for either Roy Oswalt or Dan Haren.

  12. Fast Eddy - Jun 11, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    I have to apologise to Omar. He is only second now. The Cardinals GM has to be the worst. What is next? Why not go after Wellmeyer again? Stupid Stupid Stipid.

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