It appears the Looper deal is in place. Tom H. speculates that it'll be a 1 year deal for $5 Million guaranteed, plus incentives and some kind of option for 2010. That strikes me as a fair enough deal, especially since the Brewers really needed another starter. Looper is a pretty average starter, but he threw 200 innings last year. Given that we have a 23-year-old that was injured last year anchoring our staff that includes another young lefty and a giant red converted reliever, getting 200 innings out of Looper should be well worth the $5 Million.
The Bucks will not go quietly into the night. When the Bucks lost their leading scorer, rebounder and assist-er to injuries, a lot of us were ready to write them off. Since then, Charlie V has stepped up and Ramon Sessions had a break-out game in an overtime loss to the Pistons. Last night, 4 players scored over 20 points (Sessions: 26, Charlie V: 25, RJ: 25, and Charlie Bell: 21) in a 124-112 victory over the Houston Rockets. The Bucks shot 47 for 89 from the field and 10 for 20 from three-point range. Kieth Bogans also added 13 points and some tough defense in his 4th day as a Buck. Who is this guy? If you would have told me 3 months ago that the Bucks would be running out the clock in a blow-out win against Houston without Redd, Bogut and Ridnour, I would have said, "you're crazy." If you would have told me that they'd be doing so with Kieth Bogans, Joe Alexander, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Malik Allen and Eddie Gill on the court, I would have said, "Who's Eddie Gill?" Still, the Bucks are now 25-29 and hanging on to the 8-spot in the playoffs. They need one more win to match last year's total. And even with the big injuries, things look like they're clicking alright. The Bucks take on the Pacers (20-32) on Wednesday night at the Bradley Center.
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