New York Mets Make Late Push for Free Agent SP Randy Wolf

Matt ClementeContributor IDecember 8, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 19:  Starting pitcher Randy Wolf #43 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against of the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Four of the NLCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 19, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Brian Snyder/Pool-Getty Images)
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SI’s Jon Heyman tweets that the New York Mets are making a “strong push” for free-agent starter Randy Wolf.  Day One of the Winter Meetings ended with all sign indicating that the Milwaukee Brewers were, as Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported, "on [the] verge" of signing Wolf to a three-year deal.  Today, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel confirms the durable veteran left-hander is still very much in play. 

Several sources report that the Mets, Brewers, and around a half dozen other teams are in hot pursuit to sign Wolf.  ESPN's Jayson Stark speculated, via Twitter, that the Brewers bid more than three year and $28 million.

After failing to sign Wolf last offseason, the Mets again find themselves in need of starting pitching.  Last season the lefty signed a one-year $5million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, while the Mets inked the erratic Oliver Perez to $36 million for the three years.  

In 2009, Wolf won 11 games with a 3.23 ERA and 1.101 WHIP, while striking out 160 in 214.1 innings.

The Mets have acknowledged their need for a No. 2 starter behind Johan Santana, however at age 33, the Mets are reluctant to offer Wolf more than a two year deal.

In related rumor millings, the New York has also been linked to Milwaukee in rumors of a swap RHP John Maine for RF Corey Hart.  With the addition of former Met pitching coach Rick Peterson to the Brewers staff, some speculate that Maine may be a good fit for the Brew Crew.

Heyman muses that if the Mets land Wolf they could have more flexibility to trade Maine.