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Update: Giants complete minor league deal with Suppan

Jan 20, 2011, 7:41 PM EDT

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UPDATE, 7:41 PM: According to Mychael Urban of CSN Bay Area, this one is done.  If Suppan manages to find a spot on the Giants’ Opening Day roster, he will earn a $1 million salary.

2:16 PM: From Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News comes word that the Giants are nearing agreement on a minor league contract with veteran right-hander Jeff Suppan.

The deal will also come with an invitation to spring training, where Suppan will attempt to land a spot in the Giants’ bullpen as a long reliever.  If that doesn’t work out, he’ll probably begin the year at Triple-A Fresno and serve as rotation depth.

Suppan, 36, posted a 5.06 ERA and 1.65 WHIP across 101.1 innings for the Brewers and Cardinals last season, fanning only 51 batters while walking 37.  It was the final chapter of a ridiculous four-year, $42 million contract that he signed with Milwaukee in December of 2006.

His fastball velocity is poor and he shouldn’t be trusted as a regular member of any starting rotation, but Suppan is capable of eating some innings for San Francisco in the event of an emergency.

  1. bloodysock - Jan 20, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Soup’s stats are eerily similar to Beckett’s (5.78 ERA; 1.54 WHIP; 127.2 innings)
    and the Sox signed him to an extension.

    • billybeaneismyhero - Jan 20, 2011 at 6:14 PM

      But Suppan is a pitcher in his mid-30s that’s been pitching at the replacement level for three seasons. Beckett had one bad season. In that season, his peripherals showed he was a far better pitcher than his ERA indicated. There’s a big difference between the two subjects in question.

  2. jkcalhoun - Jan 20, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Playing the role Todd Wellemeyer for this season’s Giants, Jeff Suppan. Except Suppan won’t be in the rotation in April while Bumgarner goes looking for his absent fastball, as Wellemeyer was last year — one hopes.

  3. billybeaneismyhero - Jan 20, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    The Giants must have a better option at AAA, right? I just can’t believe that Suppan is even the seventh best option for the pen or as rotation depth.

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