Padres Sign Randy Wolf
According to Ken Rosenthal, the Padres have a preliminary agreement in place with starter Randy Wolf. It'll be final once Wolf passes a physical. The Phillies and Astros had been in on him as well.
Wolf had Tommy John surgery in July of 2005. He found his way back to a big league mound a year later. He struggled through 12 starts in '06 to finish off a solid Phillies career. That winter the Blue Jays and D'Backs had interest, but Wolf opted to give the Dodgers a hometown discount by signing for $7.5MM in '07 plus a $9MM club option for '08.
Wolf felt good to start off 2007. After stumbling through a mediocre April, he was phenomenal in May with a 1.48 ERA. However he was knocked around in June and hit the DL in early July for shoulder soreness. He had a cortisone shot and started rehabbing, but had a setback and wasn't able to return. He had shoulder surgery in late August. There hadn't been structural damage so it must've been minor. He expects to be ready for Spring Training. The Dodgers opted for his $500K buyout rather than his $9MM option. The 31 year-old lefty seems a good value signing for the Friars.