Brewers Release Randy Wolf

The Brewers announced that they released left-hander Randy Wolf. Wolf led the National League in hits and earned runs this year, the final season of his three-year contract with Milwaukee.

Wolf, who turns 36 today, started 24 games for the Brewers in 2012, posting a 5.69 ERA with 6.1 K/9, 2.8 BB/9 and a 43.4% ground ball rate in 142 1/3 innings. His three-year, $29.75MM contract included a 2013 club option worth $10MM with a $1.5MM buyout. The Brewers won't be picking up the option, but they're still responsible for the buyout. Wolf, a Wasserman Media Group client, will be free to sign with any MLB team for a pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum once he clears release waivers.


28 Responses to Brewers Release Randy Wolf Leave a Reply

  1. shockey12 3 years ago

    It wouldn’t be pretty but I could see the Jays picking him up

  2. bigpat 3 years ago

    Well he does eat innings, that’s about it at this point. Put him in a pitchers park and he could have a little value.

  3. jhawk90 3 years ago

    Hellooooooooooooo Minnesota! There’s your #2 starter Twins fans. #yuck

  4. sourbob 3 years ago

    So when is his first start for the Padres?

  5. davengmusic 3 years ago

    Aww man…where am I gonna get my 49 mph offspeed MLB pitch fix now?

  6. HHHDMS 3 years ago

    Happy Birthday, youre fired. That is absolutely tactless. They couldnt have waited ? Sure he wasnt pitching well but its his birthday. Come to think of it, maybe he’ll have a happy birthday anyway not pitching for them.

    • stl_cards16 3 years ago

      huh? I would do anything to go to work on the morning of my Birthday and get to hear the boss say “Don’t come in for the rest of the year, but we’re going to pay you the remaining salary for the year anyway. Oh yeah, and here’s some money to not work for us next year, too”

      Sounds like a good B-Day to me!

      • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

        yah exactly, but also I doubt very much that Gm’s have big calendars of all of their players birthdays, he’s a grown man not 6 years old.

    • CyYoungSuppan 3 years ago

      Holy buckets. You’re looking at this all wrong. stl16 said it exactly right. Sure, it was an inconvenient day to do it on, but it is essentially a paid vacation for him. If only…

    • sarcasm_robot 3 years ago

      not having to live in wisconsin anymore sounds like a pretty decent birthday present actually.

  7. AaronAngst 3 years ago

    I wanted them to do this a month ago, but I suppose they were still holding out hope that they’d be able to turn the season around. Unfortunately, turning the season around or winning, while having Randy Wolf pitching every fifth day, seems an impossibility at this point.

    In all seriousness, he gave Milwaukee two solid years, but it makes no sense to put him out there anymore. He’s not in their future plans, and they have Thornburg, Peralta, Fiers, Rogers, Gallardo, Marcum, and Estrada available who either could, or will be. Best of luck to you, Mr. Wolf.

    • I’m guessing they were hoping he’d pitch decent enough to flip his salary to a contending team that needs an innings eater for the rest of the year. Too bad he never turned it around at all. On the bright side, K-Rod has been throwing very well lately and hopefully someone will bite soon.

      • But then, why was he not released right at the trade deadline or after he cleared waivers?

        He’ll probably land in someone’s bullpen just because he is left-handed, but other than one relief appearance this year, he has not appeared in other than a starter’s role since 2001 with the Phillies.

        • daveineg 3 years ago

          They still figured that if he had 3 straight good starts there would be a team out there that would take him for the last month. He had a good start vs. the Reds on the 8th, but couldn’t follow it up. They also needed to wait on Marcum or so they will argue.

  8. Fizzzay 3 years ago

    The nightmare is over.

  9. joshuap 3 years ago

    I hear Sugar Land, home of the almighty Skeeters, is nice this time of year…

    • TimotheusATL 3 years ago

      I heard they have a 50-year old on their roster who throws harder

  10. Sage 3 years ago

    Nats, anybody? Maybe it would allow them to rest Strasburg and make his starts fairly infrequent so he could be used in the playoffs. Yeah, doubt it, but it’s a thought.

    Anyway, thanks for two pretty solid years, Randy. You’re a great guy, and you used to be a nice bottom-of-the-rotation pitcher, but this just wasn’t your year.

  11. thegrayrace 3 years ago

    Maybe the Dodgers should take a look. Can’t be much worse than Blanton has been so far… (7.71 ERA and 1.762 WHIP in 4 starts)

  12. Comnsnse 3 years ago

    Yankees sign Rady Wolf will be the next message you read!

    • Douglas Rau 3 years ago

      As a Yankee fan, I wouldn’t mind that. I know he’s been awful but so has Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova lately. If he’ll take a minor league contract and try to work out his kinks at AAA, hey, why not? Left-handed pitchers have an advantage at Yankee Stadium.

  13. tdw815 3 years ago

    Come on Sandy We can use him for the rest of the year

  14. Slim_Hurley 3 years ago

    A’s sign Randy Wolf- because George Kottaras was missing his partner in crime

  15. Comnsnse 3 years ago

    Brewer fans,Wolf has not lived up to his contract. However,with respect to the “can’t throw hard” comment,Jamie Moyer had a very good career among others not throwing hard but knowing how to pitch. And maybe the best pitcher of his generation Greg Maddox was not exactly a fireballer! Re: Washinton’s interest,they have John Lannan languishing in the minors who is LH and was one of their best pitchers last year,and whom the Yankees have tried to trade for. The Yankees are desperate and have only two pitchers counted on as reliable. This is not enougfh to combat the offenses they are likely to face in the playoffs. If they don’t collapse first!

  16. camerondatzker 3 years ago

    Randy Wolf still can pitch and he is a solid 5th starter or long man out of the bullpen. I think he will sign with The Oakland A’s.

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