The San Francisco Giants released veteran pitcher Jeff Suppan today, according to a tweet from John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. Giants GM Brian Sabean says the decision was mutual, since Suppan wasn't going to make the team. The right-hander will look for another job elsewhere.
Suppan posted a 7.84 ERA in 15 appearances with the Brewers before they released him last year. He then appeared in 15 games for St. Louis and posted a much-improved 3.84 ERA for the Cardinals finishing the 2010 campaign with an overall ERA of 5.06 (101.1 IP, 4.5 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, 40.3% ground ball rate).
He had a 5.50 ERA for the Giants this spring, but five of his 11 earned runs came in one inning of work while he was ill.
Sabean signed Suppan in January to provide depth and insurance, but did not need him in the end. He could have earned $1 million had he made the team.
Suppan was competing with Guillermo Mota, Dan Runzler, Ryan Vogelsong, Marc Kroon and Steve Edlefsen for two open relief spots.
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