Four Years, 42 Million Dollars!
It is a symptom of MLB's problems when Jeff Suppan getting a little over $10 mil per year seems fairly reasonable.
The Brewers add a warhorse to their stable of flashy but injury prone stable of pitchers (Sheets, Okha).
Suppan played for one of the most prolific offenses in recent memory in St. Louis, and only won 12 games. He came on strong after the All-Star Break, sure, but maybe that was the offense as much as Jeff. Pitchers with leads win more often than pitchers in ties or in a losing situation. But over the last 3 years, he is one of more winning pitchers out there. Certainly, giving him 10 Million Dollars a year makes more sense than giving Ted Lilly that money.
As a Twins fan, though, this is a scary development. A non-dominant pitcher gets this kind of money--what the fuck will Johann Santana, a 2-time Cy Young winner (and an argument could be made that he was screwed out of another Cy Young award) garner when he hits the free agent market? 20 Million a year?
I mean, has Jeff Suppan, even with the St. Louis Cardinals, ever reached 20 wins? I don't think so. And yet, the Brewers decide he's worth over Forty Million Dollars. Scary, dammit!