Probably no Looper news today

Free agent right-hander Braden Looper was scheduled to undergo his physical exam late Wednesday, but his one-year pact with the Brewers probably will not be made official until Thursday, the day before pitchers and catchers report to Maryvale Baseball Park for the start of Spring Training.

Looper, 34, came to terms with the Brewers on Monday and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported those terms on its website Tuesday night. It’s a one-year contract that guarantees $4.75 million in 2009, according to the newspaper, and includes a mutual option for 2010.

If Looper declines that option, the terms of which are not yet known, he goes back to the free agent market. If the Brewers decline the option and Looper exercises it, the team must buy him out. It was not clear whether incentives could push up Looper’s ’09 salary; he earned $5.5 million from the Cardinals last season.

Looper’s agent, Alan Hendricks, has not responded to phone calls or e-mails this week for clarification of the pending deal. Brewers general manager Doug Melvin has followed instructions from Major League Baseball to avoid discussing specifics of free agent signings until they become official.

3 Comments

Adam, for pete sakes why do you have it in your head that the Brewers would only want one left handed reliever? You always approach the Stetter/Swindle situation as an either or choice which is nonsense. Stetter is almost a cinch to make the club and the I don’t see why the crew wouldn’t want to have the versatility of having two LH relievers if Swindle performs well. Please explain yourself.

Adam, for pete sakes why do you have it in your head that the Brewers would only want one left handed reliever? You always approach the Stetter/Swindle situation as an either or choice which is nonsense. Stetter is almost a cinch to make the club and the I don’t see why the crew wouldn’t want to have the versatility of having two LH relievers if Swindle performs well. Please explain yourself.

Adam, for pete sakes why do you have it in your head that the Brewers would only want one left handed reliever? You always approach the Stetter/Swindle situation as an either or choice which is nonsense. Stetter is almost a cinch to make the club and the I don’t see why the crew wouldn’t want to have the versatility of having two LH relievers if Swindle performs well. Please explain yourself.

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