On almost the one-year anniversary of the Jeff Suppan signing, the Brewers once again opened the wallet for a mediocre pitcher.
And yet again, it bit them in the rear.
At the time, David Riske was a coveted pitcher. He had a career ERA of 3.46 up until that point, and on Dec. 5, 2007, the Brewers signed him to a three-year, $13 million contract with a club option for 2011.
For the Brewers, Riske has thrown a total of 43.1 innings. Now that may seem like a lot, but 42.1 of those innings were in one season. Since the 2009 season, Riske has thrown one inning for the Brewers, as he has had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
You can't predict injuries, but with the fact that he hasn't thrown for over two years now of his three-year contract, I consider it one of the worst contracts in baseball.
His option for 2011 most certainly won't be exercised, and in my opinion, his career could very well be over. Not many times does a 33-year-old pitcher recover from Tommy John surgery and come back and pitch well.
We can't fault him for getting hurt, but that still doesn't solve the fact that we have wasted money on a now useless arm. If he were healthy, he would most like shore up our rocky bullpen.
I will him the best of luck, but I do not wish to see him in a Brewers uniform after this year.