Brewers Release Jeff Suppan
The detractors won the argument rather decisively on Monday when the Brewers released Suppan with more than half a season left on his contract. They'll also have to pony up a $2 million buyout on their 2011 option.
Suppan was never good once he got to the Brewers, posting a 29-36 record and 5.08 ERA in his three-plus years with the team. He was dropped from the rotation after two starts this season and probably sealed his fate by allowing nine runs in his last four innings of relief work.
Suppan released a statement Monday that is notable for a couple of reasons. The first is his classy commitment to the team's charitable organizations for the remainder of the season and the other is the fact that he more or less admits that the contract was a disaster.
"I want to thank (owner) Mark Attanasio and (general manager) Doug Melvin for all they have done for my family and me, especially how they handled this situation. I've played with a number of organizations, and the Brewers are one of the classiest. When I signed in 2007, I was committed to winning, and to this day I still am. Nobody is more disappointed than I am with how things have turned out. I enjoyed my time here in Milwaukee as both a player and a member of the community. As such, I will continue my involvement with Brewers Charities for the remainder of the 2010 season. My commitment to this cause and the people it serves is unwavering."
Even before 2006 teams were getting smarter about allocating their resources in places other than free agency but a look at the players who signed for big money that year will only serve to drive more teams away from veterans on the open market. Barry Zito, Alfonso Soriano, Gary Matthews Jr., Gil Meche, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jason Schmidt and Juan Pierre all signed for more money than Suppan and failed to live up to their deals. Vicente Padilla, Miguel Batista and Jason Marquis also signed multi-year deals that didn't work out that offseason, making 2006 as bad a year for free agency as there's ever been in baseball.