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Randy Wolf remains open to re-signing with the Dodgers

December 2, 2009 |  2:56 pm

Randy Wolf said the Dodgers' uncertain ownership situation wouldn't make him wary of re-signing with them.

Wolf, a Type A free agent who wasn't offered arbitration by the Dodgers on Tuesday, said he expects them to field competitive teams no matter what happens in owner Frank McCourt's divorce proceedings.

"The fans are getting used to winning and they're going to demand that," Wolf said. "It's a great thing."

Wolf said he has seen a shift in the expectations in the Dodgers' fan base that reminds him of the shift in the expectations of the Phillies' fan base in recent years.

Of the Philadelphia fans, Wolf said, "They were mad because the team didn't win, but they didn't expect to win. Now, it's a complete 180. They expect to win. That's why their payroll is what it is."

The 33-year-old left-hander, who was 11-7 with a 3.23 earned-run average this year, said he remains open to re-signing with the Dodgers.

"I always wanted to play for the Dodgers," said Wolf, a Valley native. "My teammates are great. I had a great time with them."

Wolf said he wasn't surprised that the Dodgers didn't offer him arbitration. He said his agent, Arn Tellem, had warned him of the possibility, telling him that because of the number of arbitration cases on their books this off-season, they might be hesitant to add another one -- especially when taking into account how much money would be at stake.

"As far as being a free agent and a Type A free agent, it's probably beneficial," Wolf said, referring to how if he signs with a team other than the Dodgers, that team wouldn't have to part with a first-round pick.

Pointing to how he's been healthy over the last two seasons and had what was arguably his best season this year, Wolf said he thinks he's in better position to get a multiple-year deal than he was a winter ago. Wolf said multiple teams have been in contact with his agent, including a couple that he described as "aggressive."

Wolf said he doesn't expect that the next deal he signs will be his last, as he thinks he is capable of pitching until he is 40 years old.

-- Dylan Hernandez

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