Pitcher Randy Wolf and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed Friday to a $5 million, one-year contract.
A 32-year-old left-hander, Wolf was a combined 12-12 with a 4.30
ERA last year with San Diego and Houston, which acquired him in
July for minor league pitcher Chad Reineke. The Astros offered Wolf
a $27 million, three-year contract in November, then withdrew the
proposal a week later, citing the poor economy.
With the Dodgers, Wolf can make an additional $3 million in
performance bonuses based on innngs.
Wolf went 9-6 with a 4.73 ERA for the Dodgers in 2007 before a
shoulder injury that required surgery sidelined him during the
second half of the season. He moves into a Los Angeles rotation
that lost Derek Lowe to Atlanta and Brad Penny to Boston.
"We're all glad to have Randy back in a Dodger uniform,"
general manager Ned Colletti said. "We have looked to address our
rotation and feel that he really helps us do that. He had a solid
2008 and pitched well for us in the first half of 2007. Having
grown up in Los Angeles rooting for the Dodgers, we're sure that
coming home is also very special to him."
Wolf is a native of Canoga Park and a resident of West Hills. He
has a 90-78 record and 4.26 ERA over 10 seasons, spending 1999-2006 with Philadelphia.
Wolf was an NL All-Star in 2003, when he was 16-10.
His deal calls for him to earn $500,000 each for 170, 180, 185,
190, 195 and 200 innings.