Cardinals Sign Jeff Suppan

MONDAY, 4:27pm: MLB.com's Spencer Fordin reports that the deal is now official.

SATURDAY, 7:56pm: Cards manager Tony La Russa confirmed that the club will bring Suppan back for a second stint, writes MLB.com's Barry M. Bloom

The club has already cleared space on the 40-man roster by outrighting Tyler Norrick.  Now, they must make a move on the 25-man roster to activate Suppan.

6:13pm: The Cardinals are planning to sign the veteran hurler early next week and put him in the rotation, according to Fox Sports Midwest (via Twitter).  The club has been impressed with Suppan's side sessions where he has demonstrated that his arm is healthy.

St. Louis must first make some roster adjustments before inking Suppan.

THURSDAY, 2:50pm: The Cardinals will sign Jeff Suppan, according to the Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  Suppan pitched for St. Louis for three seasons before signing a four-year, $42MM deal with the Brewers.  The Brewers released the righty Monday with $10MM remaining, making him a free agent.  The Cards will pay just the pro-rated league minimum. 

The Cardinals' rotation has been weakened by Brad Penny's lat strain and Kyle Lohse's forearm injury, creating the need for a veteran at the back end to soak up innings.


57 Responses to Cardinals Sign Jeff Suppan Leave a Reply

  1. AisoRed 5 years ago

    EXCELLENT!!!

  2. stltrav09 5 years ago

    can’t hurt.

    I don’t think he’s the solution to the backend of our rotation but again… it doesn’t hurt.

    • suffern 5 years ago

      By backend of the rotation, are you referring to the #10 starter’s slot? “)

      • My guess is that La Russa plans on sitting his regulars on days that Soup takes the ball, giving the veterans a day to recuperate. The bullpen will get the day off too, so they’ll be fully rested. Tony has it all figured out. LOL!!! Probably bat Soup cleanup too!

    • Sixto_Lezcano 5 years ago

      Actually he does hurt, quite a bit.

      • azyankeesfan 5 years ago

        are you Sixto Lezcano the former MLB and St Louis Cardinals player?

    • Sage 5 years ago

      You clearly haven’t watched him pitch lately. He WILL hurt, badly.

      • stltrav09 5 years ago

        You clearly havent seen the current cardinals #4 and #5 pitchers.. He cannot do any worse. It’s impossible to do any worse than Blake Hawksworth or PJ Walters

        • Sage 5 years ago

          Not only is it possible to do worse than those two, but he is. Hawksworth has an ERA of 6.48, which is almost a run and half better than Suckpan. Walters’ ERA is only .10 worse than Suckpan. Suppan can barely make it past the 4th inning in any start, and he’s a guaranteed loss every time he goes out there. If you honestly think that Suppan can possibly be an improvement upon anything else you have, I can’t wait until Suppan smacks you upside the head with his suckiness.

  3. tmwells15 5 years ago

    Grudz just released. With Miles, Suppan already in tow looks like we’re headed for a 2005 throwback team.

    • Too Bad Rolen is on the Reds, the team your trying to catch up to haha….

      Go Reds

      • TheAlmighty 5 years ago

        after we hit the easy stride of our schedule (like you twats) and get healthy will be looking at id say 7,8,9 games ahead?

        • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 5 years ago

          Careful there, you are tempting the GOB’s. The easy part of the schedule isn’t always so easy.

  4. Are you all insane? Of course it can hurt. He SUCKS, he is DONE. 0-2 7.84 ERA.

    • Yeah, those 2 losses are what ruined the Brewers’ season.

      His FIP is like 5.50, so he’s due for a bounceback to “bad” from “worst-in-league bad.”

  5. johnsilver 5 years ago

    Can’t wait for the “Duncan magic” to start flying about this guy. A career 5th starter and innings eater at the BEST of times. This ain’t Smoltzie here Cards fans. You can’t polish a turd.

  6. bucky370 5 years ago

    Please, Please, Please can the Cardinals play the Brewers everytime Suppan pitches? It’s not about payback, but an easy win for the crew.

  7. Flharfh 5 years ago

    Hahaha….Suppan is a warm body, I guess….barely. I guess the Cards don’t mind losing every fifth game, as long as he can “eat innings”.

  8. Triteon 5 years ago

    It’s a decent signing for ~$300k. Not my favorite move the Cards have made, but he’ll pitch under very low pressure in STL while Milwaukee continues to pay him like a star. Good luck, Sup.

  9. rayking 5 years ago

    Dave Duncan, work your magic…

  10. KeithLawSucksInStl 5 years ago

    First Miles, now Suppan.
    Wasn’t Grudzielanek DFA’d? Let’s grab him too.
    Can So Taguchi still run?
    Is Scott Spiezio out of rehab?
    I heard Mark Mulder is trying to make a comback.
    Tell Sidney Ponson that he can go out and eat with Dennys Reyes.

    Get it done.

  11. Yankees420 5 years ago

    Duncan’s gonna need a very deep bag of tricks to make him serviceable again.

  12. moboiler 5 years ago

    worse things have happened.

  13. TytheSportsGuy 5 years ago

    I think he will be better than Ottavino and Walters, but hell who isn’t?

    • Ferrariman 5 years ago

      ottavino hasn’t been that bad actually. he has a 5 era, but thats because the fat man let 2 inherited runners to cross the plate. his last start was pretty good.

  14. cards0610 5 years ago

    good pick up

  15. Can’t hurt, can it? 300k is like pocket change to these owners. Hopefully, Dave Duncan can work his usual magic and make Suppan at least not a guaranteed loss every fifth day. Once Lohse and Penny get back, determine who is worse out of Lohse and Suppan (probably Suppan) and stick him in the bullpen. Now we need a real starter who can contribute and we need a shortstop who can bat above the Mendoza line (Brendan Ryan’s certainly having a hard time doing it). Also, I’m tired of the Cardinals losing low-scoring games by a run. What happened to that awesome offense we were supposed to have?

  16. bernie4prez 5 years ago

    Suppan can dominate every start in A ball

  17. Guest 5 years ago

    Suppan is a filler.. see how he does in his first two starts to determine whether he will fill Loshes roll while being on the D.L. then hes either released or put in the bull pin. Suppan definitely has a better chance winning in STL than with the Brew Crew.. Brewers suck. Bottom Line, and your about to loose Fielder in a trade.. dont believe it? Just watch. Blessing in disguise if you ask me. Anyhow Suppan for prorated min is well worth the shot. Considering what he has done as a Card in the past.

    • InTheKZone 5 years ago

      We said that about Miles too when he was called up. Yet now, it seems as though he is in every game.

      • Guest 5 years ago

        yes but were talking pitching.. not positions players, we all know how Tony loves to use every and anyone he can.. pretty good strategy tough I dont always believe in Tonys moves I understand how its beneficial to give your starters as many breaks as possible.

  18. Guest 5 years ago

    Suppan is a filler.. see how he does in his first two starts to determine whether he will fill Loshes roll while being on the D.L. then hes either released or put in the bull pin. Suppan definitely has a better chance winning in STL than with the Brew Crew.. Brewers suck. Bottom Line, and your about to loose Fielder in a trade.. dont believe it? Just watch. Blessing in disguise if you ask me. Anyhow Suppan for prorated min is well worth the shot. Considering what he has done as a Card in the past.

  19. jerry_modene 5 years ago

    FWIW, the Cards have already cleared space on the 40-man roster, by outrighting Tyler Norrick. They’ll have to decide, of course, who to take off the *25* man roster before Soup pitches, probably on Tuesday – it’ll probably be Salas again, unless they finally decide to DL Hawksworth, whose had that groin pull thing all season.

    • Guest 5 years ago

      Doesnt matter… they will figure it out. They obviously intend to pitch Suppan a.s.a.p… sometime in the next 2 weeks, that way it gives them and idea if it will work or when it doesnt, they can make a trade for a decent veteran pitcher to give the BiRDS some help in the rotation.

    • Guest 5 years ago

      Doesnt matter… they will figure it out. They obviously intend to pitch Suppan a.s.a.p… sometime in the next 2 weeks, that way it gives them and idea if it will work or when it doesnt, they can make a trade for a decent veteran pitcher to give the BiRDS some help in the rotation.

  20. Cards_Fanboy 5 years ago

    suppan can make a comeback, and if he doesn’t, who cares, he is cheap, worth a shot in my opinion

  21. Cards_Fanboy 5 years ago

    suppan can make a comeback, and if he doesn’t, who cares, he is cheap, worth a shot in my opinion

  22. Guest 5 years ago

    F.ing re-dic-ious…. I HATE IT!!!!!! So does everyone in St. Louis. The Cardinals are winners… not LOSERS! C’om J-MOZ! Bad move… Why not Westbrook…thats a start, or even Oswalt? I realize if would be tough to get R.O. but DAMNIT! HE WANTS TO WIN….. DO YOU? STL>?

  23. Guest 5 years ago

    j mo…GET IT TOGETHER

  24. How much magic fairy dust does Duncan have left? If he’s got enough he’s going to have to coat Suppan in the stuff if he wants to get anything out of him. I think the reasoning here is solid, bring the guy back and see if Duncan can resurrect him, the problem is that Suppan is much older now and not even Duncan can fix that. Tough to see this succeeding but I’d say it’s worth taking a shot. If Sup is really bad though they need to end the experiment quickly.

  25. Mustache101 5 years ago

    How does he have a better chance of winning in st louis that’s obserd brewers offence is statisticly better than the cards in pretty much ever catagory it’s there pitching that is putrid. With there pitching that bad and suppan still isn’t good enough to hold down a spot that’s saying something!!!

  26. ReverendBlack 5 years ago

    MONDAY, 6:21PM: STILL RETARDED

  27. Sage 5 years ago

    Thank you for this thoroughly constructive and useful response. I really appreciate that you chose to attempt to insult me as opposed to making a comment that would, perhaps, contribute to the discussion going on. Also, may I recommend the use of a dictionary so that you might learn to spell “you’re” properly? Thank you, have a great day.

  28. TheAlmighty 5 years ago

    you guys have forgot all about dave duncan, he can work his magic on almost any pitcher

  29. Sage 5 years ago

    I understand that Duncan is a miracle worker, but, having watched Suppan suck it up every time he has pitched for the last 3+ seasons, I honestly don’t think he has anything left.

  30. Sage 5 years ago

    I understand that Duncan is a miracle worker, but, having watched Suppan suck it up every time he has pitched for the last 3+ seasons, I honestly don’t think he has anything left.

  31. schick0513 5 years ago

    while i will agree there is a good possibility Duncan can’t do much with him at this stage, i believe you have to give Duncan and Suppan the benefit of the doubt. he has sucked the last 3 seasons, but lets not forget he sucked with the royals before coming to the cards the first time. than he had back to back 16 win seasons. at this point it doesn’t hurt to give him a try.

  32. ReverendBlack 5 years ago

    There’s nothing for Duncan to work with. Try to teach him a knuckleball maybe.

  33. TheAlmighty 5 years ago

    see, smoltz. rookies who were a blank slate, kinda like a renewed suppan

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