|Suppan Drops the Ball|
|Hall Strikes Out|
Suppan made $12.75 million in 2010 after making the same in 2009. Brewerland rejoiced in early June of last year when the Brewers released the much-derided Suppan. The Cardinals signed their former starter a week later, freeing the Brewers from having to buyout Suppan's option for 2011, though they still paid his 2010 salary.
These salaries, amounting to nearly $20 million paid by the Brewers in 2010, hampered Doug Melvin's payroll flexibility. Indeed, Melvin dealt with the consequences of these ill-fated contracts for years after signing Hall and Suppan in the winter of 2006-2007.
Now that these contracts are off the books, the Brewers have essentially swapped the effectiveness of the 2010 version of Jeff Suppan for the 2011 version of Zack Greinke (a significant upgrade to say the least) and the production of Bill Hall for the now more expensive Prince Fielder (Hall's $7.15 million more than covers Prince Fielder's $5 million raise for 2011). Melvin, finally free of the consequences of past mistakes, made moves this offseason to repent for his errors. Afterall, the success of the Brewers over the next two seasons will decide whether or not Mark Attanasio renews Melvin's own contract after the 2012 season.