Like Brad Penny earlier in the week, Randy Wolf heeded my advice–stay in the National League.
Perhaps the best second-tier pitcher is now off the market. In search of another starting pitcher, the Milwaukee Brewers found their man today.
The Brewers signed LHP Randy Wolf to a three-year, $29.75 million contract. The deal also includes a forth-year club option.
Am I the biggest Wolf fan? No, I am not. But this is a good deal for the Brewers.
The Brewers desperately needed someone to give them quality innings behind Yovani Gallardo and Wolf can provide that.
Over the last two seasons, Wolf has made 33 and 34 starts and has pitched a total of 404.2 innings. His 34 starts in 2009 with the Los Angeles Dodgers led the National League.
Here is one thing that would make feel good if I was a Brewers fan today. Wolf wasn’t just a product of the pitching friendly Dodger Stadium. Wolf was actually better on the road than he was at home in 2009.
Here are his home vs. road splits last season:
Home: 3.63 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, .676 OPS Against
Away: 2.78 ERA, 1.056 WHIP, .641 OPS Against
Usually pitchers who pitch in the friendly confines of Dodger Stadium have it the other way around. They are usually much better on the road than they are home.
Now there are negatives to this deal. First, Wolf is going to be 34-years-old next season–making him no spring chicken and second, he does have a history of injuries.
From 2005-2007, Wolf made a grand total of 43 starts because of various injuries.
However, Wolf seems to be getting better with age and he was never a power pitcher to begin with. He really doesn’t have to adjust his style of pitching to compensate for his age.
I still think the Brewers need another pitcher to really be a factor in the National League, but landing Wolf is a good start.
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