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11/28/2006 12:15 PM ET
Dodgers sign Wolf to one-year contract
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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that they have signed left-handed pitcher Randy Wolf to a one-year contract with a club option for 2008, according to Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti.

"Randy is a veteran pitcher who has proven to be a very effective starter in the Major Leagues," said Colletti. "Having grown up in Los Angeles, he knows what it means to be a Dodger and as a left-hander, we expect him to complement our starting rotation well."

Wolf, 30, has a 69-60 record over eight seasons in the Major Leagues with Philadelphia. In 1,175.0 innings, he has posted a 4.21 career ERA with 971 strikeouts and 437 walks. Among current NL left-handers with 1,000 innings since 1999, only Tom Glavine, Andy Pettitte, Mark Mulder, Jamie Moyer and David Wells have a better earned run average than Wolf.

Last season, Wolf rebounded from Tommy John surgery he underwent in July 2005, going 4-0 in his final 12 starts to extend his current winning streak to nine games. He held left-handed hitters to a .059 mark (2-for-34) and struck out 44 batters in 56.2 innings. He also made seven rehab starts for a total of 19 outings in 2006.

Prior to his elbow injury, Wolf posted double-figures in victories in four consecutive seasons from 2000-03, becoming the first Phillies' pitcher to accomplish that feat since 1984-7. He was named to the National League All-Star team in 2003 when he won a career-high 16 games while making 33 starts and posting a 4.23 ERA. The southpaw has reached the 200-inning mark in three different seasons (2000, 2002 and 2003), during which he allowed a combined 558 hits over 617.0 innings while striking out 509 batters.

The West Hills, CA resident pitched for El Camino Real High School, where he appeared in the Los Angeles City Section Championship Game at Dodger Stadium in 1993 and 1994. He was originally selected by the Dodgers in the 25th round of the June 1994 First-Year Player Draft but elected to attend Pepperdine University, where he was an All-West Coast Conference First Team selection as a freshman and threw a no-hitter against Gonzaga during his junior season. He was then drafted by the Phillies in the second round of the 1997 First-Year Player Draft.

Wolf, whose older brother, Jim, is a Major League umpire, has been committed to the Philadelphia community throughout his career with the Phillies, earning him the club's Roberto Clemente Award nomination in 2003. He began co-hosting an annual charity event in 2001 to benefit the Philadelphia Futures mentor program, raising nearly $500,000 since the event's inception. Among his numerous charitable endeavors, Wolf also serves as a spokesman for the Children's Miracle Network, purchasing more than $6,500 in tickets each year for CMN children and their families.

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