Report: Brewers, RHP Suppan agree to four-year deal

Dec 24, 2006 - 10:48 PM MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Jeff Suppan did not have to go far to get paid for his postseason success.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Sunday on its web site that Suppan agreed to a four-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.

The deal is reported to be worth $42 million with a club option for 2011 for Suppan, who went 1-1 with a 2.49 ERA in four playoff starts with the world champion St. Louis Cardinals. He was named the MVP of the Cardinals' NL Championship Series win over the New York Mets.

Suppan, who will turn 32 on January 2, had pitched the previous three seasons with the Cardinals, going 44-26 with a 3.95 ERA. After consecutive 16-win campaigns, the righthander went 12-7 with a 4.12 ERA.

But it was his work in the postseason that made Suppan one of the most coveted pitchers on the free-agent market. In two starts in the seven-game NLCS against the Mets, Suppan yielded a run and five hits in 15 innings.

Along with New York, both the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers were rumored to be in the running for Suppan.

"A lot of people expressed interest," Suppan's agent Scott Leventhal told the paper. "We didn't know how long things would go. We made the decision when everything added up to (Suppan's) satisfaction."

Suppan will join a Brewers' rotation that includes lefthander Chris Capuano and righthanders Ben Sheets, Dave Bush and Claudio Vargas, who was acquired for starter Doug Davis in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks on November 25.

Milwaukee was unable to follow up its first non-losing season in 2006, finishing fourth in the NL Central last season at 75-87.

In 12 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals, Arizona, Pittsburgh and St. Louis, Suppan is 106-101 with a 4.60 ERA in 317 career games. The righthander has made at least 31 starts in each of the last eight years.

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