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BREAKING NEWS: Brewers sign Looper

Bradon Looper has agreed to a one-year deal with the Brewers, according to JSOnline.com:


Two things of note in the article that seemed to be key factors in choosing Looper: he pitched 199 innings last year, more than any returning starter for the Brewers; he also pitched in the NL Central, so he is already familiar with most of the Brewers’ ’09 opponents.

It will be interesting to see where Looper winds up in the rotation…if he has a great spring (he’ll be in Arizona this year versus Florida last year, so he’ll have a new repertoire of spring training opponents), he may wind up as the #1 starter…pushing Gallardo to #2, and Suppan to #3, which would help both improve their chances of getting wins on the season.

It also means that either Dave Bush or Seth McClung will wind up in the bullpen (as the rotation now looks like Looper, Gallardo, Suppan, Parra, and either Bush or McClung)…which means the bullpen is starting to logjam now with Hoffman, Julio, Riske, Coffey, Stetter, Bush/McClung, Villanueva, and Rule 5 pick Eduardo Morlan…plus Mark DiFelice and Tim Dillard in the mix.  Having too many arms is always a nice luxury…and Doug Melvin’s phone will be ringing off the hook if all do well.

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  1. Troy
    February 11, 2009 at 7:08 am

    Just wanted to step in and say that there’s no chance Dave Bush isn’t in the rotation this coming year…he’s been an innings eater and has had a heck of a year last year believe it or not…The rotation IMO looks like Gallardo, Parra, Bush, Looper, Suppan (because of his contract)

  2. February 11, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Do you seriously think Looper can compete for the number one spot? He’s a career .500 pitcher. I fully expect him to land in the 5 spot with an outside shot at 4. And, I’d be very surprised to see Bush go to the ‘pen instead of McClung.

  3. February 11, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    I think that Ken Macha is going to take a fresh look at the rotation, and decide what it should be based on who has the best stuff, who can eat up innings, and who has the experience…so how each does in Maryvale will have a huge bearing on the outcome this time around (unlike last year, when Yost already had his mind up before pitchers and catcher reported).
    Gallado is the best arm, potentially, but given that he was hurt last year and didn’t pitch a full season, and still has little MLB experience, I think Macha will not want him to be the ace; Suppan and Bush don’t have the stuff, and Parra is a combination of both; that leaves the door wide open for Looper. I think Gallardo and Looper will be 1-2 in some manner, with Suppan and Parra 3-4 battling for the #3 spot, with the loser getting the #4 spot.
    My bias against Bush must have been showing–he isn’t effective the third time through the order, and I think Macha will figure that out…but maybe not until May or June. I think McClung–who is also really only effective for 2-3 innings–could wow Macha enough to get the #5 spot.
    Thanks for reading and posting…as always, feel free to post and let me know what you think.

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