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Monday, June 7, 2010
Another team learns another hard lesson


If you're a Brewers fan, today's a happy day:
Hey, at least the Brewers are treating Suppan's contract like a sunk cost, which is a good thing. It's easy to suggest they should have made this move a year ago, but somebody had to pitch all those innings and it's not like he cost Milwaukee a division title. Eventually, though, a high-priced and under-performing player, even if he's not blocking somebody better, becomes an organizational distraction and you have to make a move.

Also, the general manager just gets sick of being reminded that he made a huge mistake.

Of course, what's even better than recognizing a sunk cost is not sinking all that money in the first place. There are a couple of lessons here, probably. The first is that you should be really careful about signing St. Louis pitchers, because some significant percentage of their success is probably due to working with Dave Duncan, and Duncan's magic drops away like so much pixie dust when the pitcher becomes an ex-Cardinal.

The other, more important lesson is that you don't commit $42 million to any pitcher who doesn't have a history of great skills.