Nov. 28, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. (AP) - Randy Wolf, who earned All-American honors for Pepperdine in 1997, signed a one-year $8 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday. Wolf gets $7.5 million in 2007, and the Dodgers have a $9 million option for 2008 with a $500,000 buyout. His 2008 salary would become guaranteed if Wolf pitches 180 innings next season.
"Randy is a veteran pitcher who has proven to be a very effective starter in the major leagues," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. "Having grown up in Los Angeles, he knows what it means to be a Dodger, and as a left-hander, we expect him to complement our starting rotation well."
Wolf spent much of last season recovering from elbow surgery. He came off the disabled list on July 31 and went 4-0 with a 5.56 ERA in 12 starts for the Philadelphia Phillies, pitching 56 2/3 innings.
The 30-year-old was 69-60 in eight seasons with the Phillies, who selected him in the second round of the 1997 amateur draft out of Pepperdine. The Dodgers drafted Wolf out of El Camino Real High in Woodland Hills, Calif., but he did not sign.
Wolf was a reliable starter for Philadelphia from 2000-03, winning 48 games and pitching at least 200 innings three times. His best season came in 2003 when he went 16-10 with a 4.23 ERA and was named to the National League All-Star team.
Wolf began feeling elbow pain the following season and was limited to 136 2/3 innings, then started 13 games in 2005 before having ligament replacement surgery on his left elbow.
During two seasons at Pepperdine, Wolf posted a 25-8 record, 1.97 ERA and totaled a school-record 328 strikeouts for the Waves. His career ERA ranks second in program history.
Wolf was named the West Coast Conference's (WCC) "Pitcher of the Year" and an All-American after going 9-4 with a 1.79 ERA in 2007. He also was the last Pepperdine pitcher to throw a no-hitter when he accomplished the feat against Gonzaga on March 15, 1996.
Wolf could be Los Angeles' No. 4 starter behind right-handers Derek Lowe, Brad Penny and Chad Billingsley. The Dodgers also might try to sign another established starter.