Brewers to Sign Braden Looper

Following an offseason full of Looper to Milwaukee rumors and speculation, Tom Haudricourt is reporting that “the Looper signing is going to happen.” He indicates two sources have confirmed this rumor and the pitcher’s wife did not deny the signing when she was contacted.

The 34-year-old closer turned starter has a lifetime record of 58-58, a career 3.93 ERA and 103 saves on his resume. He went 12-14 with a 4.16 ERA for St. Louis last season. As this signing has yet to be made official, no concrete financial terms are known.

Keep checking here, and all around the capable Brewers blogosphere for updates as they come.

Update (2:51 p.m.): Haudricourt contacted Brewers GM Doug Melvin who all but confirmed the signing. Melvin said he was “optimistic” an agreement would be reached, which Haudricourt assumed meant the deal was just a passed physical from being official. The signing may be delayed until the end of the week.

Based on preceeding speculation on Looper, and the recent contracts of comparable veteran starters, I’d expect this to be almost certainly a 1-year deal, at a base salary between $4M and $6M. But who knows, it may be an incentive-laden deal, and the Crew could’ve snuck in an unforseeable player, club or mutual option beyond 2009.

Looper, as unsexy as the aquisition may be, would eat innings and at least keep Milwaukee in games. He’s also well-versed in NL Central opponents. Unless the fiscal specifics are way more than expected, I like this signing.

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3 Responses to “Brewers to Sign Braden Looper”

  1. Joe Says:

    If this does happen, I like the signing. Let’s just hope not having Duncan as his pitching coach doesn’t kill him.

  2. Scottage Cheesedips Says:

    It’s pretty much a done deal isn’t it? Unless he fails a physical….which is pretty rare right?

    doh!

  3. Tyler (not THE Tyler) Says:

    This makes me happy. Adds some much-needed insurance (or a Starter). I like how this comes days after everyone and their sausage said the Brewers are done with their acquisitions until the All-Star break. Never doubt the Mustache.

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