"With 44 wins in the last three seasons, Jeff is not only a proven winner, he is also one of the most durable pitchers in baseball," said Melvin. "This agreement makes us feel very good about the depth of our rotation. Jeff's experience and durability should have a positive influence on our entire pitching staff."
Suppan, who turns 32 on January 2, went 12-7 with a 4.12 ERA in 32 starts for the World Champion Cardinals last season, including 6-2 with a 2.39 ERA in 15 starts after the All-Star Break. Suppan was named Most Valuable Player of the National League Championship Series as he went 1-0 with a 0.60 ERA in two starts against the New York Mets (15ip, 1er).
One of the most durable pitchers in baseball, Suppan has made at least 31 starts in each of his last eight seasons. The 12-year veteran owns a career record of 106-101 with a 4.60 ERA in 317 games (301 starts). He is 44-26 with a 3.95 ERA over the last three seasons, tying for ninth in the Major Leagues in wins during that time (tied for fifth among righthanders).
Suppan has pitched in the majors for Boston (1995-97, 2003), Arizona (1998), Kansas City (1998-2002), Pittsburgh (2003) and St. Louis (2004-06). He has reached double figures in wins seven times with career-high 16 victories for the Cardinals in 2004 and 2005.
Suppan joins a Brewers starting rotation that includes LHP Chris Capuano, RHP Ben Sheets, RHP Dave Bush and RHP Claudio Vargas, who was acquired via trade from the Arizona Diamondbacks on November 25.
Each year, Suppan will make a contribution of $100,000 to Brewers Charities, Inc., whose mission is to support activities and programs which target youth recreation, scholarship and education throughout Milwaukee and Wisconsin.