Cardinals Exercise Their Option On Suppan

The St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday evening exercised their option on Jeff Suppan.

Wednesday evening, the St. Louis Cardinals exercised their option on Jeff Suppan, the 30 year old, 6'2" 220 pound, right-hander, for the 2006 campaign.

Suppan's option is worth a reported $4 million. Club representatives were unavailable for immediate comment on Wednesday evening.

Suppan will return to St. Louis for his third season with the Cardinals. Suppan is 32-19 with St. Louis, posting ERAs of 4.16 in 2004 and a career-best, in 8+ seasons in the majors, of 3.57 in 2005.

Down the stretch in this season, Suppan was one of the most effective starters, in the star studded rotation.

From August 10 thru September 25, Suppan's final 10 games of the regular season, he had a 6-2 record with a Bob Gibson like, 1.98 ERA.

Suppan appeared in only one game in the postseason this year. Game four of the National League Championship Series. He went five innings against Houston, giving up just three hits and allowing only one earned run.

In five postseason starts for the Redbirds over the past two seasons, Suppan has a 2-2 record with a 3.45 ERA.

Suppan joins Chris Carpenter, Jason Marquis and Mark Mulder in the starting rotation for next season. The Cardinals still have to make a decision about what to do with the final starter in the 2005 rotation, Matt Morris.

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