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Suppan press release

Here's what the Brewers press people have to say about the Suppan signing. If you want to check out his stats from any number of online sources, check out BCB's brand-new Jeff Suppan page.


MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers today announced that the Club has agreed to terms with free agent pitcher Jeff Suppan, MVP of the 2006 National League Championship Series. The agreement, which is pending a physical, is for four years with a Club option for an additional season.

"With 44 wins in the last three seasons, Jeff is not only a proven winner, he is also one of the most durable pitchers in baseball," said Brewers Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Melvin. "This agreement makes us feel very good about the depth of our rotation. Jeff's experience and durability should have a positive influence on our entire pitching staff."

Suppan, 31, went 12-7 with a 4.12 ERA in 32 starts for the World Champion Cardinals last season, including 6-2 with a 2.39 ERA in 15 starts after the All-Star Break. Suppan was named Most Valuable Player of the National League Championship Series as he went 1-0 with a 0.60 ERA in two starts against the New York Mets (15ip, 1er). He was the starting pitcher in the decisive Game Seven, tossing 7.0 innings, allowing just one run and no hits after the first inning of play. For his career, Suppan is 5-2 with a 3.00 ERA in nine postseason outings.

The right-hander has made at least 31 regular-season starts in each of his last eight seasons and averaged 193 innings pitched in that time. The 12-year veteran owns a career record of 106-101 with a 4.60 ERA in 317 games (301 starts). He is 44-26 with a 3.95 ERA over the last three seasons, tying for ninth in the Major Leagues in wins during that time (tied for fifth among right-handers).

Each year, Suppan will make a contribution of $100,000 to Brewers Charities, Inc., whose mission is to support activities and programs targeted at youth recreation, scholarship and education throughout Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

Suppan has pitched in the majors for Boston (1995-97, 2003), Arizona (1998), Kansas City (1998-2002), Pittsburgh (2003) and St. Louis (2004-06). He has reached double figures in wins seven times with career-high 16 victories for the Cardinals in 2004 and 2005.

Pending the physical, Suppan will join a Brewers starting rotation that includes LHP Chris Capuano, RHP Ben Sheets, RHP Dave Bush and RHP Claudio Vargas, who was acquired via trade from the Arizona Diamondbacks on November 25.