Dodgers: Colletti has no regrets about Wolf
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Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti said today that he had no regrets about not offering arbitration to Randy Wolf, who has agreed to a three-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Wolf was a Type A free agent, meaning that had the Dodgers offered him arbitration and he still signed with the Brewers, the Dodgers would have received the Brewers’ second-round pick in the upcoming amateur draft, as well as a sandwich pick between the first and second rounds. (Because the Brewers are picking in the first half of the first round, their top pick was protected.)
The Dodgers didn’t offer Wolf arbitration out of fear that he would accept it and earn a $15-million salary reward in the process. Wolf’s deal with the Brewers is worth almost $30 million, according to sources.
Colletti said the Dodgers’ negotiations with Wolf never advanced past preliminary stages. “They told us what their interest was and what they needed in terms of finances,” Colletti said. “It wasn’t something we were comfortable doing.”
Colletti said Wolf’s agent, Arn Tellem, called him this morning to offer him one last chance to re-sign his client. “That’s not us,” Colletti said he told Tellem. “That’s not our interest level.”
In other news:
- Colletti said no progress has been made on the trade front.
- The Dodgers are looking at a number of veteran free agents who could share time with Blake DeWitt at second base. Among the options are Ronnie Belliard, Juan Uribe, Craig Counsell and Jamey Carroll.
- Utilityman Juan Castro left the Dodgers and signed with the Phillies because the Dodgers offered him only a minor-league contract, according to Oscar Suarez, Castro’s agent. [updated with sourcing information].
- Some of the Dodgers’ young relievers are drawing the interest of other teams. According to a source with knowledge of the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks [updated], the Mets have inquired about Ronald Belisario and Cory Wade.
-- Dylan Hernandez in Indianapolis