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Today In Brewer History: Happy Anniversary, Jeff Suppan

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:

Season ERA IP WHIP BB/9 K/9
2007 4.62 206.2 1.505 3 5
2008 4.96 177.2 1.542 3.4 4.6
2009 5.29 161.2 1.695 4.1 4.5
2010 7.84 31 2.000 3.5 5.2

Mercifully, on June 7, 2010 the Brewers finally gave up and let Suppan go. He finished the season in the majors with the Cardinals, but spent the entire 2011 season in the minors with the Royals.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to 2000-02 Brewer Jamey Wright. He turns 37.