Brewers finalize Wolf, agree with Counsell
Randy Wolf has finalized his $29.75 million, three-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, who also agreed Monday to a $2.1 million deal with infielder Craig Counsell.
Wolf, a 33-year-old left-hander, went 11-7 with a 3.23 ERA in 34 starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season.
The Brewers are desperate for starting pitching help after finishing last season 80-82 and made Wolf their top priority this offseason. Wolf gets $9.25 million next year and $9.5 million in each of the following two seasons. The deal includes a $10 million club option for 2013 with a $1.5 million buyout.
Wolf can make an additional $250,000 a year in performance bonuses: $125,000 each for 190 and 200 innings. He has a limited no-trade clause and would get $250,000 if he's dealt.
Counsell, who made $1 million last year, played in 130 games last season and batted .285 with four homers and 39 RBIs.
Counsell can earn $500,000 in performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 50, 75, 90 and 110 games, and $100,000 each for 125 games and 75 and 100 starts.