The deal with Suppan

Mar. 30, 2010
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Yesterday, Brewers manager Ken Macha was asked what Jeff Suppan would be doing today, as it was his scheduled day to pitch. Manny Parra and Chris Narveson are scheduled to pitch in the Brewersí Spring Training game, but Suppanís workload hadnít been announced. Hereís what Macha had to say: ďHopefully Iíll be able to answer that tomorrow. Thatís my best answer.Ē As Haudricourt put it, since when do veteran pitchers not know what theyíll be doing the next day? Over on this morningís Mug at BCB, Kyle wondered if Suppan would be pitching in a minor league game or some other such under-the-radar outing. Fan opinion is not behind keeping Suppan in the rotation and another poor outing that is reported on would not go over well here in Milwaukee. Suppanís contract is for $12.5 million dollars this year, which I understand the Brewers have a hard time swallowing, but they need to take a cue from the Bill Hall trade and accept that it was a bad business decision. Forcing him into the lineup purely to justify the expenditure only complicates and multiplies the problem. Yes, Bill Hall is with another team while we overpay for much of his contract, but at least we arenít being affected by his poor choices at the plate or negative presence in the clubhouse, nor is the club dealing with the fanís negativity. Other than the negativity, itís the same situation with Suppan. One week ago, ESPNís MLB rumor page reported that scouts who watched Suppan pitch in AZ this spring have said that he is completely cooked and is no longer able to get major league hitters out. As Iíve mentioned before, Suppanís last outing was questionable when he needed to be told to use his off-speed pitches. And now scouts are pointing out how crappy he is Ė meaning teams around the league must be rubbing their hands together at the thought of facing him every fifth day. Watch for more on this tonight.


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