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1/2/1975 (42 y, 1 m, 19 d)
1993 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 7, Overall: 49, Team: Boston Red Sox
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Suppan announced his retirement Thursday, CBSSports.com reports. (1/2/2014)
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Year in Review:
In his first outing of 2009, Suppan allowed six earned runs in four innings, setting the stage for a disappointing season. His 5.29 ERA was his worst mark since 2002, also the last year in which he did not finish with a .500 or better record. Suppan’s K/9 of 4.45 was his worst since 1999 and his 4.12 BB/9 was his worst since his second cup of coffee with the Red Sox in 1996. For the second straight season, Suppan had a high HR/FB rate, this time a 13.4% mark. It all added up to a 5.70 FIP, although his xFIP was nearly identical to his ERA. When Suppan was at his best in 2004-05 with the Cardinals, his curveball was an outstanding pitch. He was 6.7 and 5.7 runs above average with his curve in those years. In 2009, his curve was 7.6 runs below average. Suppan needs his breaking ball working for his 87-mph fastball to be effective. Last year, his fastball was 23.6 runs below average, which tied with Carl Pavano as the worst mark among pitchers with at least 150 innings.
The Year Ahead:
This will be the final season in a four-year deal that Suppan signed following the 2006 campaign. The Brewers organization holds a team option but, barring a return to 2006 levels, the club will not pick it up. And there is very little to suggest a rebound season for the 35-year-old. Suppan missed nearly a month last year due to an oblique strain, but did not pitch any better down the stretch, as he had a 5.32 ERA in his final nine starts after being activated from the disabled list. A .318 BABIP last year was a hair unlucky for Suppan, but nothing to predict a bounceback season. All of the projection systems see another year with a 5.00+ ERA. With better control and a normal home-run rate, perhaps Suppan could post a 4.50 ERA but, even if he does that, he is going to be an anchor in WHIP, he does not notch many strikeouts, and probably has a 12-win ceiling. (Brian Joura)
Few things in baseball were as predictable or as ugly as the demise of Jeff Suppan. Before signing his monster contract with the Brewers prior to the 2007 season, he had exactly one full season with an FIP better than 4.37, and that came two years before he signed with Milwaukee. Sure, he gave the team some value in his bulk innings, but by the time he approached his mid-30's, the secret was out. Suppan has pitched to a 5.20 ERA (5.29 FIP) with just 4.48 K/9 in 263 IP over the last two years, missing close to seven total weeks of action due to groin, neck, and oblique issues. In reality, he hasn't been worth a fantasy roster spot in no fewer than four years, really five years. Now that Suppan's on a minor league contract with the pitching heavy Giants, his value is essentially negative. At best he's a middle reliever on that staff, and that simply has no value to you or your team. Just taking the time to read this blurb probably cost your fantasy team; you could have been off looking at players that were actually valuable. (Mike Axisa)
The Quick Opinion:
If it's possible, Suppan has even less to offer your fantasy team than he did the Brewers last year. Stay away.
Suppan spent all of 2011 in Triple-A and briefly resurfaced with the Padres in 2012, throwing 30.2 sub-replacement level innings (5.28 ERA and 5.61 FIP) with more walks (13) than strikeouts (seven) across six starts. He hasn't been fantasy relevant in about six years and that won't change in 2013. (Mike Axisa)
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