In 40+ years of Brewer franchise history, Christmas Eve has almost always been a quiet day. They've acquired exactly one player on December 24, and he turned out to be a guy they probably wished they could stuff back into their stockings. On this day in 2006 the Brewers signed Jeff Suppan to a four year deal.
Suppan was scheduled to turn 32 before his first Opening Day as a Brewer, was a veteran of 13 major league seasons and had already been a part of five organizations when the Brewers gave him a four year, $42 million deal. The $6.25 million he made in 2007 was more than he'd ever made in a single season, but he more than doubled it by pocketing $12.75 million in 2009 and 2010.
Meanwhile, Suppan's performance declined steadily each season in Milwaukee: