Suppan to finalize deal with Cardinals next week

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suppan brewers.jpgVeteran pitcher Jeff Suppan has been linked to the Cardinals since he was given his release by the Brewers last week.  On Saturday, according to the Associated Press, things finally came together when Suppan tossed a bullpen session in front of St. Louis pitching coach Dave Duncan.

He’s expected to finalize a contract with the Cardinals early next week and immediately take over a spot in the club’s starting rotation.  With Kyle Lohse and Brad Penny sidelined indefinitely, it does make some sense.

The Cardinals believe they have identified some flaws in Suppan’s delivery and will try to help him back to his 2006 form, when he was named the NLCS MVP on a World Series-winning squad.  Suppan, 35, went 44-26 with a 3.95 ERA between 2004-2006 in St. Louis.  He had a 7.84 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP in 31 innings when the Brewers cut him loose on June 7 of this season.

Cubs to activate Craig Kimbrel on Thursday

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The Cubs will activate reliever Craig Kimbrel ahead of Thursday afternoon’s game against the Braves, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

Kimbrel, 31, ended a seven-month stint in free agency, agreeing to a three-year, $43 million contract with the Cubs earlier this month. He has made four minor league appearances, allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

With an aggregate 3.96 ERA entering Wednesday, the Cubs’ bullpen has been among the better bullpens in the league. Adding Kimbrel, one of the greatest closers of all-time, certainly can’t hurt and will give them some stability in save situations.