Brewers Release Jeff Suppan

The Brewers released pitcher Jeff Suppan, reports Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.  By my calculation, the Brewers still owe Suppan $10.08MM, which includes a $2MM buyout after the season.

Suppan has spent most of the 2010 season in mop-up duty, posting a 7.48 ERA, 5.0 K/9, and 3.7 BB/9 in 21.6 relief innings.  He's been a release candidate dating back to spring.  Brewers GM Doug Melvin, who signed Suppan to a four-year, $42MM deal in December of '06, had this to say:

"Jeff has always been a true professional.  He gave his best effort to the organization, whether it was on the field or in the community.  I am confident that he can return to a starting rotation with another organization.  We wish Jeff and his family nothing but the best."

Melvin was overly optimistic to think Suppan was ever anything other than a high 4.00s ERA innings eater, as that's what he was even in his '06 platform year.  A strong postseason record may have inflated Suppan's price.  On a conference call with Brewers beat writers, Melvin alluded to the many bad free agent pitching contracts signed that winter.

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