Monday, April 4, 2011

Jeff Suppan returns to KC

It doesn't come as much of a shock but the Royals have agreed to sign Jeff Suppan to a minor league deal. I like this move. The Royals already have more pitching depth than they have had in the past couple of years and this only deepens that group.

Obviously you don't want to rush the prospects and there are service issues at play so if the Royals are able to stay in the thick of the AL Central and a guy goes down to injury, or they decide that Kyle Davies and his 5+ era aren't cutting it, or Bruce Chen and his inability to get outs with a 5-0 lead in the second isn't good enough they will now have a respectable option to call upon.

Suppan posted an era of 5.06 in the National League. But for one of the teams he played for his era came in at under 4. I am not saying that Suppan will find past success but if he can just prove to be a serviceable guy he could get a shot in the rotation by July.

Good depth signing, the Royals should have three viable rotation options to call upon if the need arises in Suppan, Zach Miner, and Sean O'Sullivan. Plus by midseason that groups should include the likes of Everett Teaford, Mike Montgomery, and Danny Duffy.

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