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Randy Wolf: Decision made easier by the Dodgers' lack of interest

December 9, 2009 |  3:40 pm
Randy Wolf, who agreed to a three-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers today worth almost $30 million, acknowledged that he was disappointed that the Dodgers didn’t pursue him.
“Of course I was disappointed,” Wolf said. “But with every disappointment comes an opportunity. It made my decision a lot easier because the Dodgers weren’t involved.”
The Dodgers’ talks with Wolf never moved the past preliminary stages because of his financial demands.
“I guess it was a little bit surprising,” Wolf said. “L.A., I had a great experience out there. Guys on the team were great. I got to win with those guys and battle with those guys. But I don’t live in a cave. I’ve read plenty of things how there are plenty of issues going on with the team right now. It’s not my job to speculate on these things. But if these things are hurting the club, it’s unfortunate because it’s a historic ballclub.”
Wolf said he had other offers on the table but that no suitor was as aggressive as the Brewers.
The Dodgers’ decision not to offer him arbitration helped, he said.
“They were more aggressive afterward,” Wolf said of the Brewers, who didn’t have to surrender a draft pick to sign him because of the Dodgers’ decision. “Any baggage that would come with me was lifted.”
Wolf said he met with Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin in Los Angeles a week and a half ago.
Wolf said he was impressed with how when the Brewers found themselves out of contention, they didn’t sit their veterans and start playing prospects. Pointing to how they were able to win 80 games despite ranking last in baseball in starting pitching earned-run average, he said he thinks they can win the National League Central this season.
Wolf is scheduled to undergo a physical Monday.
-- Dylan Hernandez in Indianapolis