The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed left-hander Randy Wolf to a minor league deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Wolf, who will head to Triple-A Reno and start on Monday, will earn $1 million if he makes the major league roster, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic first reported that a deal was close:
Dbacks are close to signing veteran Randy Wolf to a minor league deal.— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) April 11, 2014
Wolf last appeared in a major league game on September 22nd, 2012 as a member of the Baltimore Orioles. He split time that season between Baltimore and Milwaukee, collectively making 30 appearances (26 starts) with a 5.65 ERA, 5.94 K/9 and 2.97 BB/9.
Arizona has been rumored to be looking for starting pitching depth after struggles from their starting five to start the season. They decided to sign Wolf instead of other options like Jair Jurrjens or Freddy Garcia.
Wolf was slated to open the season with the Seattle Mariners, until he refused to sign a 45-day advance-consent clause that would have given the team the right to terminate his contract without recompense, so long as it occurred before the forty-five day mandate. He had pitched well enough in Spring Training to earn the 5th spot in the Mariners rotation, but was granted his release once the two sides could not come to terms on the 45-day advance-consent clause. Wolf drew interest from 3-5 teams before signing with the Diamondbacks.