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.


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57 Comments on "Cardinals Sign Jeff Suppan"


AisoRed
5 years 2 months ago

EXCELLENT!!!

stltrav09
5 years 2 months 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 2 months ago

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

5 years 2 months ago

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 2 months ago

Actually he does hurt, quite a bit.

azyankeesfan
5 years 2 months ago

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

Sage
5 years 2 months ago

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

stltrav09
5 years 2 months 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 2 months 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.

tmwells15
5 years 2 months ago

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

5 years 2 months ago

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

Go Reds

TheAlmighty
5 years 2 months 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 2 months ago

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

5 years 2 months ago

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

5 years 2 months ago

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.”

johnsilver
5 years 2 months 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.

Dermick
5 years 2 months ago

Actually, you can polish a turd.

icedrake523
5 years 2 months ago

Someone watches Mythbusters

bucky370
5 years 2 months 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.

Flharfh
5 years 2 months 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”.

Triteon
5 years 2 months 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.

rayking
5 years 2 months ago

Dave Duncan, work your magic…

KeithLawSucksInStl
5 years 2 months 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.

Ferrariman
5 years 2 months ago

braden looper doesn’t have a home either.

KeithLawSucksInStl
5 years 2 months ago

Good call, I forgot about another Dunc project

cards0610
5 years 2 months ago

its a cardinal’s reunion

5 years 2 months ago

Reggie Sanders? Larry Walker? Jim Edmonds? How about that old defensive catcher, what was his name… Mike Abernathy?

losingfaithinmightymelvin
5 years 2 months ago

Matheny

losingfaithinmightymelvin
5 years 2 months ago

Matheny

Yankees420
5 years 2 months ago

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

moboiler
5 years 2 months ago

worse things have happened.

TytheSportsGuy
5 years 2 months ago

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

Ferrariman
5 years 2 months 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.

cards0610
5 years 2 months ago

good pick up

5 years 2 months ago

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?

bernie4prez
5 years 2 months ago

Suppan can dominate every start in A ball

Guest
5 years 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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.

Guest
5 years 2 months 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.

jerry_modene
5 years 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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.

Cards_Fanboy
5 years 2 months ago

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