Brewers Sign Randy Wolf

Robert RiceContributor IDecember 9, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 19:  Randy Wolf #43 of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks back to the dugout after he was taken out of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning 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 Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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The Brewers have signed pitcher Randy Wolf to a three-year deal, which appears to be in the $27-$30 million dollar range based on initial reports.  The contract may also have a club option for a fourth year.

This is good news for the Brewers pitching staff, who last season had the worst team ERA in the major leagues.  Wolf, with a career record of 101-85, posted a 3.23 earned run average in 34 games with the Dodgers last season.

This is a clear upgrade for the Brewers rotation.  While some may be wary of giving this type of money to a pitcher in his mid-thirties (especially considering all the money being thrown at the underwhelming Jeff Suppan), Wolf seems to be in position to succeed.  After having a couple seasons marred by injury, Wolf has started 33 and 34 games the past two seasons, respectively.

Wolf should settle in immediately in the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Yovani Gallardo and ahead of the very talented but extremely inconsistent Manny Parra, who Manager Ken Macha has already said will have spot.  The rest of the rotation is still up in the air, with Suppan and arbitration-eligible Dave Bush in the mix.