Randy Wolf has turned down his former team for a second-consecutive season. Wolf and the Padres have agreed on a one-year, incentive-based deal, pending a physical, according to reports.
The 31-year-old spent 2007 with the Dodgers and missed the last part of the season with shoulder surgery. He was 9-6 with a 4.73 ERA in 18 starts with the Dodgers. Wolf is 78-66 with a 4.25 ERA since breaking into the bigs in 1999. The story was reported by FoxSports and ESPN.
Beerleaguer: The Phillies were no match for a West Coast team with a large park. The only surprise concerning Wolf this offseason was how hard the Phillies pushed for him after he rejected them a year ago. They outbid the Dodgers last season and he turned them down, and I’m confident they were competitive with their offer here. Wolf did right by the Phillies, but it’s a one-way street. Loyalty aside, there's no guarantee a broken-down Wolf can survive in Citizens Bank Park. Frankly, the Phillies would have been trying to rekindle something that may or may not have been there in the first place.
No one believes in Wolf more than the Phillies, which is what makes the rejection difficult. The best way to deal with it is to do what Wolf did: move on.