Padres, Wolf agree to one-year contract

Updated: December 2, 2007, 12:10 AM ET
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The Padres have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent Randy Wolf that would pay the left-hander about $9 million if he bounces back from shoulder surgery and meets all his performance bonuses.

Because Wolf is coming off minor shoulder surgery, the deal is heavily incentive-based, a source familiar with the discussions told ESPN.com's Jayson Stark.

The deal is contingent on Wolf passing a physical.

Despite the injury, Wolf was one of the most hotly pursued free agents on the market this offseason.

Astros GM Ed Wade flew to California to meet with him personally. And his former team, the Phillies, showered him with calls from virtually every one of their top decision makers. But he opted to stay in the NL West, in a more favorable pitcher's park.

Wolf was with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season and didn't pitch after July 3 due to soreness in his left shoulder. He had surgery in September.

Wolf will earn approximately $4 million base salary if the deal goes through, according to a person with knowledge of the deal who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been finalized.

If healthy, he would essentially be taking David Wells' spot in the Padres' rotation.

Wolf was 9-6 with a 4.23 ERA in 18 starts with the Dodgers.

He would join a rotation that includes Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy, Chris Young and Greg Maddux.

Wolf has not completed a full season since 2003. He returned to pitching for Philadelphia in June 2006 after missing more than a year because of Tommy John surgery.

He signed an $8 million, one-year contract with his hometown Dodgers last offseason. The Dodgers had a $9 million option for 2008 that would have become guaranteed if he pitched 180 innings last year. Due to the sore shoulder, he pitched only 102 2/3 innings. Wolf earned $7.5 million last year, and got a $500,000 buyout.

Also Saturday, the Padres offered salary arbitration to catcher Michael Barrett and center fielder Mike Cameron. The Padres expect Barrett to accept and Cameron to decline. Cameron has been suspended for the first 25 games of next season after testing positive a second time for a banned stimulant.

The Padres declined to offer arbitration to left fielder Milton Bradley, who had surgery on his right knee in late September. Bradley tore the anterior circuit ligament in his right knee when Padres manager Bud Black spun him to the ground to keep him from going after umpire Mike Winters during a blowup on Sept. 23.

The deal was first reported by Foxsports.com.

Information from ESPN senior baseball writer Jayson Stark and The Associated Press was used in this report.