Cards make Suppan signing official
Righty returns to former club; Ottavino optioned to Triple-A
Jeff Suppan is going back to the scene of his greatest success.
Suppan, recently released by the Brewers, officially signed with the Cardinals prior to Monday's game against the Mariners. St. Louis optioned right-handed pitcher Adam Ottavino to Triple-A Memphis to make room for Suppan, who went 0-2 with a 7.84 ERA for the Brewers this season but was 44-26 with a 2.95 ERA in three seasons with St. Louis prior to becoming a free agent.
Suppan notched back-to-back 16-win seasons for the Cardinals in 2004 and '05, helping the team to back-to-back 100-win seasons and berths in the National League Championship Series. One year later, Suppan posted a 0.60 ERA and was named the Most Valuable Player of the NLCS, helping the Cardinals to a World Series championship over the Tigers.
The veteran, originally selected by the Red Sox in the second round of the 1993 First-Year Player Draft, signed a lucrative free-agent contract with the Brewers before the 2007 season and went 22-22 over his first two years in Milwaukee. Suppan stumbled to a 7-12 record and a 5.29 ERA last year and was released by Milwaukee after 15 appearances this season.
Suppan will be issued No. 37 -- the same number he wore during his first stint -- in his return to St. Louis. The 35-year-old has also played for Boston, Arizona, Kansas City and Pittsburgh, and he owns a 135-137 career record with a 4.68 ERA.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.