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Brewers Closing In On Looper

According to the Boston Globe, the Brewers are closing in on free agent pitcher Braden Looper. Looper, who went 12-14 with a 4.16 ERA in 33 starts, is the veteran pitcher the Brewers need. Adding Looper will take pressure off Yovani Gallardo to be their ace, as well as Manny Parra, who is coming off a terrible second half of the season.

However, the Brewers signed a similar pitcher Jeff Suppan from the Cardinals back in 2006. Since then, he has gone 22-22, seeing a drop in strikeouts and a rise in ERA over the past two seasons. The Brewers might be smarter to go after someone like Randy Wolf or holding out for prices to fall on Oliver Perez or Ben Sheets. We'll see how this move plays out.

UPDATE: A source with knowledge of the Braden Looper negotiations responded "no" when asked if Looper was closing in on a deal with the Brewers.

This story was approved by MLB Rumors.