The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a two-year contract with left-handed pitcher Brent Suter, avoiding arbitration. According to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, the contract has a $2.5 million guarantee. Suter gets a $100,000 signing bonus, $900,000 in 2020, and $1.5 million in 2021. He can then earn an additional $50,000 in 2021 for throwing 80, 100, 120, 140 and 160 innings each in 2020.
Correction on the terms of Brent Suter’s two-year deal with the Brewers. It’s is a $2.5 million guarantee.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) February 16, 2020
$100,000 signing bonus, $900K salary in 2020 and $1.5M in 2021. The 2021 salary would Increase by $50K each for 80ip, 100ip, 120ip, 140ip and 160ip in 2020.
Had the sides not agreed to a deal, they would have met for an arbitration hearing on Monday, Feb. 17. Suter had requested $1.25 million in arbitration and the Brewers submitted $825,000.
Suter has proved to be an extremely useful asset for the Crew. Through 223 Major League innings, the soft-tossing lefty has only allowed a 3.63 ERA, splitting time as a starter and reliever.
In 2018, Suter underwent Tommy John Surgery, putting an end to a strong 2018 campaign in the back of the rotation. When he returned last season, he was one of the more reliable relievers in the pen, pitching to a 0.49 ERA in 18.1 innings pitched. with a 15:1 strikeout to walk ratio.
On top of his performance on the mound, Suter has become beloved by the fans. His friendly demeanor, hysterical performances in Brewers social media videos and antics in the dugout have provided a wealth of memories.
When Suter’s newly inked two-year deal ends, he’ll still have another year of team control. According to Baseball Reference, the earliest he can leave the Brewers is 2024.
Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference