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Padres agree on deal with Wolf

Padres agree on deal with Wolf

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres figure to be plenty busy at the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn., which start on Monday, but that doesn't mean they're waiting until they get there to address their needs.

The Padres have agreed to terms with left-handed free agent pitcher Randy Wolf on a one-year deal, pending the passing of a physical, a baseball source said Saturday. The deal is worth $4 million with an incentive package that could make the deal worth as $9 million.

The 31-year-old Wolf spent last season with the Dodgers but didn't pitch after July 3 and underwent shoulder surgery in August. He was 9-6 with a 4.73 ERA in 18 starts with the Dodgers, who declined his $9 million option for 2008 last month.

Wolf is 78-66 with a 4.25 ERA since breaking into the Major Leagues with the Phillies in 1999. He signed a one-year contract worth $8 million with the Dodgers last season that included the '08 club option.

Signing with the Dodgers was a homecoming of sorts for Wolf, who grew up in suburban West Hills and pitched for Pepperdine University. He was an All-Star with the Phillies in 2003, the same season in which he won a career-best 16 games.

San Diego general manager Kevin Towers has said that he prefers some of the pitchers who are coming off surgery -- such as Wolf, Matt Clement and Bartolo Colon -- to the healthy ones on the free-agent market.

The Padres signed veteran Greg Maddux to a one-year deal worth $10 million last month, giving them a formidable trio atop their starting rotation with National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy and Chris Young.

Arbitration offers: As expected, the Padres offered arbitration to two of their free agents -- catcher Michael Barrett and outfielder Mike Cameron -- and declined an offer to outfielder Milton Bradley.

The deadline for players to accept the club's offer is Dec. 7. If a player accepts the offer, he is considered a signed player for the 2008 season, with the salary to be determined.

If the player rejects the offer, there will be no restriction on the Padres' ability to subsequently sign the free-agent player to either a Major League or Minor League contract.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. The Associated Press contributed. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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