What’s Next For Jeff Suppan?

11:35am: MLB.com's Adam McCalvy tweets that Suppan is throwing a simulated game today, as he's been dealing with a stiff neck.

8:13am: The Brewers have three pitchers up for their fifth starter job: Jeff Suppan, Manny Parra, and Chris Narveson.  Though all three are in line to throw today, manager Ken Macha was evasive when asked about Suppan's schedule (Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reporting).  Macha also supplied a vague answer when asked if a roster move should be expected today.

A month ago, Suppan made our list of five overpaid veterans who could be released.  The Brewers would have to assume his remaining $14.5MM, which doesn't strike Haudricourt as likely.  The Brewers may choose to keep Suppan, Parra, and Narveson, but since Parra and Narveson are out of options, Carlos Villanueva would have to be demoted.

A trade could clear the logjam, though Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports wrote Saturday that the Brewers have not discussed Parra with other clubs.

23 Responses to What’s Next For Jeff Suppan? Leave a Reply

  1. They just need to cut Suckpan and be done with it. He is nothing but a liability. Parra and Narveson have too much upside left in them to deal them.

  2. Tacosteve 5 years ago

    Definitely time to just cut Suppan loose…. every time he goes out to the mound i just assume the Brew Crew is going to lose. There is Upside in the two lefties…. and why would we send Villy down to keep Suppan… Villy is a quality reliever and good piece to the pen.

  3. bbxxj 5 years ago

    The only destination I can think plausable for Suppan would be the D-Backs as their back of the rotation looks pretty dire after everyone moves up one with Webb out. The Crew would pay all but something under a million of Suppan’s contract and would only recieve some sort of minor league filler in return. The D-Backs could just start him a few times and then cut him when Webb comes back. It’s just Mulvey and Buckner looks pretty scary right now.

    The other alternative would be to just cut him and that wouldn’t be so bad.

  4. Ricky 5 years ago

    face it Suppan is the Minni Vanilli of pitchers – one good series against the Mets. He sucks

  5. invader3k 5 years ago

    Releasing Suppan could cause a huge surge in Brewers ticket sales, if the animosity towards him by online Brewers fans is any indication.

    Yes, I’m being semi-serious. He is the most hated guy on this team by far. It’s a shame since by all accounts he’s a “nice guy”, but nice doesn’t cut it when you’re making $12 million in guaranteed money.

    • Guest 5 years ago

      I’m sure Blue Jays fans and their devotion to Vernon Wells can relate.

  6. empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

    The Royals should trade for Jeff Suppan and use him as their 6th outfielder. Problem solved. You’re welcome.

  7. daveineg 5 years ago

    The Brewers have to pay Suppan either way. His salary shouldn’t figure into a decision. It doesn’t make sense to keep him if there’s better alternatives.

  8. beaverflea 5 years ago

    Does anyone else find it amusing when another team in the division tries to steal some of that Cardinal Magic and sign our cast-off’s just to watch it backfire horribly? lol (Suppan,Marquis,Morris,Miles,….. Is Edmonds Next?????)

    I Love it

    • thestonecop 5 years ago

      Marquis actually did well last year but I don’t see it continuing. The Cardinals are usually pretty good at getting rid of players before they completely decline. Even ‘fan favorites’ like Miles and Edmonds.

      • beaverflea 5 years ago

        I think the Cardinals just have a more intense manegerial tandem of Larussa and Duncan who can motivate average players into performing above average. Outside teams see this performance and try to pounce on them. I just find it amusing that it’s usually someone inside the division trying to build a team from “ex” Cardinals to try to take us down lol. Good luck to all. Edmonds could be great for the Brewers this year, but from what I have read he is already whining about playing time… He goes into slumps. Good luck.

        • AaronAngst 5 years ago

          I find it amusing that Cardinals fans seem to genuinely believe nonsense like this. Melvin made a boner of signing when he inked Suppan to such a long and large deal after his NLCS MVP performance. We all realized it then, and Melvin himself probably did halfway through year one of the contract. As For Edmonds, he was a star before he arrived in St. Louis – it’s not as if the Cardinals organization made him who he is/was… and two players (bit players at best) do not a Cardinals clone make. Common sense would tell you that if you have an available free agent who has familiarity in the division, and some level of success, you may value that over a similar grade player who lacks that experience.

          • beaverflea 5 years ago

            Edmonds wasn’t a star in Aneheim. He was on the cusp. He was a really good player who became great once he got to St. Louis. The bottom line is this: The Brewers overpaid for Suppan period. But wait, it wasn’t just him was it. There’s also Braden Looper who was signed and provided the same thing Suppan did. Im surprised The Brew-Crew didn’t make a hard-charged run at Todd Wellemeyer. In a couple of years you can have Lohse? lol The Cubs are trying anything they can to win, and who can blame them. But from these poor signings alone, and no doubt the many other bonehead moves they have made (Sabathia) The Brewers just seem Desperate. The Pirates are rebuilding. The Astros are hurting. And Cincinatti is trying to be St. Louis in Disguise. The only team in this division with any charachter whatsoever is the Cardinals. The Class of not only the Central but the NL.

          • crudbucket36 5 years ago

            How was the Sabathia move boneheaded? He was the only reason the Brewers made it to the playoffs for the first time in 25 years.

          • beaverflea 5 years ago

            Look what you had to give up to get him. You didn’t win either. You didn’t lock him up. You rented him to lose. The Cards rented Holiday to lose too, but at least they locked him up.

          • AaronAngst 5 years ago

            Also, Re Holliday: Let me know in maybe a year a two whether or not the Cards “overpaid” for Holliday. We’ll see how that works out for ya. If anyone else was even bidding at the level the Cardinals were for his services, you might be able to use the phrase “locked up.”

          • AaronAngst 5 years ago

            I’ll never concede that the Sabathia deal was the wrong deal to make. It sounds cliche, but he did almost singlehandedly guide them to the postseason during the second half of ’08. If that costs you a Matt LaPorta, and a Michael Brantley, then so be it… it was important for the Brewers to show that they were able to make moves to put the team in a position to win. As for the rest of your post, I think New_Law_Era sums it up nicely… it’s homer time.

  9. notdelusional 5 years ago

    Keep drinking the David Koresh Kool-Aid beave!

  10. beaverflea 5 years ago

    I totallty agree with New_Law_Era on this one. I am very surprised this isn’t happening more. I am sure it is to an extent already. How many times have you seen a former Redbird pitching for Houston? It seems they might have figured it out. lol

  11. Guest 5 years ago

    I bet they put him on the DL with this “injury” so they can have him around when someone actually gets hurt.

  12. Fizzzay 5 years ago

    Now he’s on the DL, thank god.

  13. beaverflea 5 years ago

    Oh come on. Everyone knows the Cardinals ARE the Yankees of the National League. Poor argument lol. As far as the Reds you have Miles, Lincoln, Wells, Rolen, Jockety, and the majority owner Bob Castellini. Watch for them to try to lure D.Duncan when Larussa calls it a career, or I wouldn’t be surprised to see them try to steal Jose Oquendo to take over as manager after Baker is through.

  14. AaronAngst 5 years ago

    Yeah, because the Yankees put up 74 win stinkburger seasons, and struggle to maintain a .500 record year in and year out. The Cardinals are closer to the Yankees in terms of payroll than they are in terms of actual achievement…

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