Blue Jays near Minor League deal with Wolf

Blue Jays near Minor League deal with Wolf

TAMPA, Fla. -- The deal has yet to be made official, but the Blue Jays are putting the finishing touches on a Minor League deal for veteran left-hander Randy Wolf.

There are some small details that still need to be worked out before the deal will be announced, but Wolf has received an invitation to the Minor League portion of Spring Training.

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos couldn't confirm the news, but he did hint that everything should be taken care of in the very near future.

"I've said this before, but any Minor League deal, there's no downside," Anthopoulos said Tuesday evening. "Take a shot and you don't have anything to lose."

The fact that Wolf is going to the Minor League side instead of Major League camp indicates he doesn't have much of a chance to crack the Opening Day roster. He does add to the depth of the organization, though, and it's possible Wolf could receive some consideration later in the year.

Wolf missed the entire 2013 season because of injuries, but he returned last year and posted a 5.26 ERA in 25 2/3 innings for the Marlins. The 38-year-old also posted a 4.57 ERA in Triple-A with three organizations last season.

The 15-year veteran hasn't been all that effective since 2011 when he went 13-10 with a 3.69 ERA in 33 starts for the Brewers. Wolf owns a career record of 133-120 with a 4.21 ERA and still has ambitions of making it back to the Major Leagues.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.