02/06/2009 8:32 PM ET
Dodgers sign left-hander Wolf
Left-hander returns to his native Los Angeles for the second time in his 10-year career
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that they have signed left-handed pitcher Randy Wolf on a one-year contract. The announcement was made by Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti.
"We're all glad to have Randy back in a Dodger uniform," said Colletti. "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."
Wolf, 32, has a 90-78 record over 10 seasons in the Major Leagues with Philadelphia (1999-2006), Los Angeles (2007), San Diego (2008), and Houston (2008). In 1,468.0 innings, he has posted a 4.26 career ERA with 1,227 strikeouts and 547 walks. Wolf pitched for the Dodgers in 2007, going 9-6 with a 4.73 ERA in 18 starts, before missing the final three months due to shoulder surgery.
Last season, Wolf won 12 games for the Padres and Astros, his highest total since winning a career-high 16 games in 2003, when he was named to the National League All-Star team. After being acquired by Houston on July 22, the southpaw went 6-2 with a 3.57 ERA (28 ER/70.2 IP) in 12 starts down the stretch, including 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA in five September outings. The Astros went 40-22 after trading for Wolf and on the season, the left-hander matched his career-high with 33 games started (2003).
In 2008, the Canoga Park, CA native ranked seventh in the National League in home ERA with a career-best 2.98 ERA in 17 home games and was sixth among National League left-handers with 162 strikeouts and seventh in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (7.66).
Since 1999, Wolf's 1,227 strikeouts rank sixth in the National League among current pitchers, trailing just Randy Johnson, Jason Schmidt, Roy Oswalt, Livan Hernandez, and Jake Peavy.
Prior to an elbow injury that wiped out most of the 2005 and 2006 seasons, Wolf posted double figures in victories in four consecutive seasons from 2000-03, becoming the first Phillies pitcher to accomplish that feat since 1984-87. He was named to the National League All-Star team in 2003 when he won a career-high 16 games while making 33 starts and posting a 4.23 ERA. The southpaw has reached the 200-inning mark in three different seasons (2000, 2002 and 2003), during which he allowed a combined 558 hits over 617.0 innings while striking out 509 batters.
The West Hills, CA resident pitched for El Camino Real High School, where he appeared in the Los Angeles City Section Championship Game at Dodger Stadium in 1993 and 1994. He was originally selected by the Dodgers in the 25th round of the June 1994 First-Year Player Draft but elected to attend Pepperdine University, where he was an All-West Coast Conference First Team selection as a freshman and threw a no-hitter against Gonzaga during his junior season. He was then drafted by the Phillies in the second round of the 1997 First-Year Player Draft.
Wolf, whose older brother, Jim, is a Major League umpire, has been committed to the local community throughout his career in the big leagues, earning him the Phillies' Roberto Clemente Award nomination in 2003. During the 2007 season in Los Angeles, Wolf created the "Wolf Den," which was a season-long initiative that hosted 20 different kids from local Little League teams and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles once per homestand. Among his other numerous charitable endeavors, Wolf served as a spokesman for the Children's Miracle Network, purchasing more than $6,500 in tickets each year for CMN children and their families.