AP Sources: Wolf, Hawkins agree with Brewers
The Milwaukee Brewers landed a pair of free-agent pitchers
Wednesday, reaching agreements with starter Randy Wolf and reliever
LaTroy Hawkins, two people familiar with the negotiations told The
Wolf’s deal is worth $29.75 million over three years and
includes a $10 million option for 2013, one of the people said
Wednesday. Hawkins will get $7.5 million over two seasons, the
other person said.
Both agreements are subject to completion of final details, the
people said. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because no
announcements had been made.
Wolf, a 33-year-old left-hander, was 11-7 with a 3.23 ERA this
year in the lone season of his second stint with Los Angeles
Dodgers. He had a $5 million base salary and earned $3 million in
performance bonuses based on innings.
With his team coming off an 80-82 record and third-place finish
in the NL Central, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin pushed to
“It was really cool that Doug Melvin came out to L.A. and
visited me and made it well known that I was his priority and he
really wanted me there,” the pitcher told SIRIUS XM Radio.
“That’s a good feeling as a free-agent pitcher or any ballplayer
really when you have a team that really wants you there and wants
to win and feels that you can help the team do that.”
Wolf also was a free agent last offseason. He agreed to the deal
with the Dodgers on Feb. 6, about 1 1/2 months after Houston
offered a $27 million, three-year contract in an attempt to re-sign
him. The Astros then withdrew the proposal a week later, citing the
“It was only natural to be a little bit apprehensive about
where the market is considering what happened last year,” Wolf
said. “It was a crazy offseason last year especially with me. It
made it really easy the way the Brewers came in very aggressive and
made it really clear they wanted me there.”
Wolf is 101-85 with a 4.13 ERA in 11 major league seasons with
Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Diego and Houston. The New York Mets
also were interested in trying to sign him.
Hawkins, a right-hander who turns 37 on Dec. 21, spent the last
two seasons with Houston and went 1-4 with a 2.13 ERA and 11 saves
in 15 chances this year. He had 45 strikeouts and 16 walks in 63
A veteran of 15 major league seasons, he is 60-81 with 87 saves
and a 4.51 ERA. He also has pitched for Minnesota, the Chicago
Cubs, San Francisco, Baltimore, Colorado and the New York