ESPN Rumors and the Boston Globe have reported that the Brewers are close to signing former Cardinal Braden Looper, despite the Orioles also still being reportedly interested. Looper was a reliever for most of his career, saving over 100 games and having an ERA of 3.58. In 2007, LaRussa put Looper in his starting rotation. As a starter for two years, he made an average of over 30 starts a year while going 24-26 with a 4.50 ERA.
As I stated in the Free Agent Roundtable, Looper is a very interesting option because he could be used as a closer; a role he has had more success in. However, if he will be used as a starter, he is already quite similar to a pitcher who is already in the rotation and has had limited success to put it nicely (Jeff Suppan). More information as it becomes available.