AP Sources: Wolf, Hawkins agree with Brewers

BY foxsports • December 16, 2009

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 Associated Press.

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 add Wolf.

``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 poor economy.

``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 1-3 innings.

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 Yankees.



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