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Suppan went 29-36 since signing with the Brewers after the 2006 season.

Brewers release Suppan


The Brewers have parted ways with struggling right-hander Jeff Suppan.

Suppan was released Monday, after going 0-2 with a 7.84 ERA in 15 appearances this season. After starting the year on the disabled list, Suppan made two starts before being moved to the bullpen.

"Jeff has always been a true professional," said General Manager Doug Melvin. "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."

Since signing a $42 million contract with the Brewers after the 2006 season, Suppan posted a 29-36 record with a 5.08 ERA.

He was signed in large part because of his Most Valuable Player performance in the 2006 National League Division Series while a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. He went 12-7 that season and was regarded as a good, veteran influence with a tendency to make 30 or more starts and eat innings.

The deal was the first major free agent signing under principal owner Mark Attanasio. The sides agreed to the contract during a holiday dinner at Attanasio's Los Angeles-area home.

His best season came in 2007, when he started 34 games, went 12-12 and finished with a 4.62 ERA. Suppan went 10-10 in 2008 but after a red-hot August (5-0, 3.00 ERA), Suppan struggled down the stretch and was chased early in his lone post-season appearance with the Brewers.

Suppan was being paid just over $12 million this season, which the Brewers will still have to pay. The team is also on the hook for a $2 million buyout for next season.

"Nobody is more disappointed than I am in how things went out," Suppan said in a statement released by the team Monday afternoon. "I enjoyed my time here in Milwaukee both as a player and a member of the community."

While Suppan struggled on the field, he was one of the most charitable players off it. He gave to many area organizations and began a program providing tickets to members of the armed forces.

A devout Roman Catholic, Suppan also arranged for Mass to be held at Miller Park on Saturday afternoons for players and other team employees and game staff who otherwise would have to miss Mass because of games.

He plans to continue his relationship with Brewers Charities through the remainder of the season.

"My commitment to this cause and the people it serves is unwavering," Suppan said.

By releasing Suppan, the team clears space on both the 25 and 40-man roster, which will allow them to replace Todd Coffey, who was placed on the disabled list Sunday with a thumb injury.

The Brewers purchased the contract of Chris Smith from Class AAA Nashville. Smith will be in uniform for tomorrow night's game against the Cubs.

Smith made 35 relief appearances with Milwaukee last season, going 0-0 with a 4.11 ERA. He was 2-1 with a 1.71 ERA and 16 saves in 23 relief appearances with Nashville this season.


Talkbacks

TosaJim | June 7, 2010 at 3:29 p.m. (report)

check out Suppan's pay over the years...why did Milwaukee pay so much for him? 1995Boston Red Sox$109,000 1996Boston Red Sox$117,000 1998Arizona Diamondbacks$214,000 1999Kansas City Royals$235,000 2000Kansas City Royals$1,450,000 2001Kansas City Royals$2,350,000 2002Kansas City Royals$4,150,000 2003Pittsburgh Pirates$500,000 2004St. Louis Cardinals$1,000,000 2005St. Louis Cardinals$4,000,000 2006St. Louis Cardinals$4,000,000 2007Milwaukee Brewers$6,250,000 2008Milwaukee Brewers$8,250,000 2009Milwaukee Brewers$12,750,000 2010Milwaukee Brewers$12,750,000 Career (may be incomplete)$58,125,000

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TosaJim | June 7, 2010 at 1:19 p.m. (report)

This is why I hate the way baseball is set up....you get paid whether you fulfill your contract or not. And you get paid if you play well or not. What a joke. That's why most people can't afford to bring their family to a game...because guys like Suppan are way overpaid (I know it's not his fault...how can you turn the money down?)...baseball is out of wack with its saleries and really out of touch with its fans.

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yoppy79 | June 7, 2010 at 12:44 p.m. (report)

Great guy in the community, but awful on the mound. It's a lot of money to fork out to get rid of a guy, but worth it for a team that's trying to move forward.

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