Here is a telling comment from Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin: “My gut feeling is, they’re going to wait until Zito.’’ Melvin could be miscalulating, but what if he’s not? If their interest in Suppan is sincere, they’d better move. If it was only for leverage in the Zito negotiations, then their bluff has been called by a third party. Once Suppan goes off the market, it will drive the price for Zito.
Suppan, 31, was 12-7 with a 4.12 ERA for St. Louis last season. He had a 0.60 ERA in two starts against the Mets in the NLCS and was MVP.