Macha can't promise spots for Bush, Suppan

In a sit-down with reporters at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday, Brewers manager Ken Macha identified only two ‘locks’ for next year’s starting rotation: Right-hander Yovani Gallardo, of course, but also left-hander Manny Parra, who was 11-11 with a 6.36 ERA in an inconsistent 2009.

“I think he’s going to be there, yeah,” Macha said. 

He didn’t name right-hander Jeff Suppan, who has one year left on his contract and will be the Brewers’ highest-paid player, or Dave Bush, who is arbitration-eligible following an injury-plagued season. Those decisions could be impacted by the team’s other offseason additions. 

“I couldn’t answer 100 percent that all those guys are going to be in there,” Macha said.

Suppan missed time with a rib-cage injury in 2009 but still reached the 30-start plateau for the 11th consecutive season. He was 7-12 with a 5.29 ERA. Bush was struck by a batted ball in early June and only made 21 starts and one relief appearance,going 5-9 with a 6.38 ERA.

The Brewers must decide on Saturday whether to tender contracts to Bush ($4 million salary last season) and their other arbitration-eligible players. Players who are nontendered join the pool of free agents.

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