Wolf agrees to deal with Dodgers

Updated: February 6, 2009, 11:27 PM ET
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed free agent left-hander Randy Wolf to a one-year deal.

The team announced the deal, first reported by ESPN.com's Jayson Stark, in a conference call on Friday night. The contract is for one year, $5 million but includes incentives that kick in at 170 innings pitched. If Wolf pitches 200 or more innings the contract increases to $8 million.

A 32-year-old left-hander, Wolf was a combined 12-12 with a 4.30 ERA last year with San Diego and Houston, which acquired him in July for minor league pitcher Chad Reineke. The Astros offered Wolf a $27 million, three-year contract in November, then withdrew the offer a week later, citing the poor economy.

Wolf went 9-6 with a 4.73 for the Dodgers in 2007 before a shoulder problem sidelined him the second half of the season. He moves into a Los Angeles rotation that lost free agents Derek Lowe and Brad Penny.

"We're all glad to have Randy back in a Dodger uniform," general manager Ned Colletti told The Associated Press. "We have looked to address our rotation and feel that he really helps us do that. He had a solid 2008 and pitched well for us in the first half of 2007. Having grown up in Los Angeles rooting for the Dodgers, we're sure that coming home is also very special to him."

Houston offered Wolf a $27 million, three-year contract in November, then withdrew the proposal a week later, citing the poor economy.

Colletti said the Dodgers considered Wolf's health and "took a long look at his season last year. He made a lot of starts (33) and pitched a lot of innings (190 1/3)."

The Dodgers still apparently are in a wait-and-see stance toward Manny Ramirez, the slugger who gave them a big boost last year when he arrived for the final two months of the season. They recently made him a one-year, $25 million offer, but he quickly turned it down.

Asked if the Dodgers might give up on Ramirez and move on, Colletti said, "At some point in time. I'm not sure when that point comes. We haven't been sitting and waiting for one player to sign. We've been active and continued to put the club together.

"We'll continue discussions and see where it leads."

A native of nearby Canoga Park and a resident of West Hills, Wolf has a 90-78 record and 4.26 ERA over 10 seasons, spending 1999-2006 with Philadelphia. He was an NL All-Star in 2003, when he was 16-10.

Senior writer Jayson Stark covers baseball for ESPN.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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