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Padres sign 37-year-old Jeff Suppan to minor-league deal

Feb 8, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

Jeff Suppan

Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that 37-year-old Jeff Suppan has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Padres and calls it a “depth move,” which is code for “he’ll probably be at Triple-A unless he retires instead.”

Suppan signed a minor-league deal with the Giants last spring, was released during spring training, and then latched on with the Royals via another minor-league deal. He never made it to the majors and wasn’t much good at Triple-A, throwing 166 innings with a 4.78 ERA and 94/51 K/BB ratio against hitters 10-15 years his junior.

Suppan has earned nearly $60 million during his 16-year career in the big leagues, but hasn’t had an ERA below 4.60 since 2006.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Perhaps he’s just playing as long as he physically can – I’d imagine some guys just like to play regardless of anything else. Best of luck, Jeff!

    • paperlions - Feb 8, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      He may also enjoy the clubhouse culture and mentoring young guys….might be a way to essentially get some coaching experience, pitch, and get paid all at once.

  2. sportsdrenched.com - Feb 8, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    If you didn’t crack the Royals rotation last year….you should probably hang it up.

    But, I get it. I’d much rather play baseball on any organized level than you know, do what I do every do.

  3. icanspeel - Feb 8, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    If he makes it to the majors with the Padres he at least will get the luxury of pitching in Petco Park. All it takes is an injury or 2 and he could be called up

  4. 78mu - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    He didn’t succeed in his second stint with Dave Duncan and the Cardinals so there is little reason to believe he’ll make it back now. No one was ever going to mistake Suppan for Roger Clemons and it’s fair to say he got everything he could out of his natural abilities.

    Plus, he gave one of the toughest and grittiest performances in game 7 of the NLCS when he got out of the one out, bases loaded jam in the sixth. For that game alone he’ll be remembered with fondness by Cardinal fans.

  5. micker716 - Feb 8, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Keith Law just dropped the Padres farm system to #2.

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