Letters of Intent
By Andrew Hendriks
Following a week that saw the Blue Jays lose a handful of players including right-handed hurler, Marcus Stroman to a substantial season-ending ACL tear, the club has bolstered its rotational depth, adding an experienced arm in veteran southpaw, Randy Wolf who was signed to a one year, $800,000 minor-league contract, Monday.
Wolf, 38, has appeared in parts of 15 seasons at the MLB level, compiling an overall win/loss total of 133-120 to compliment a cumulative ERA of 4.21 in 382 big league contests.
The six-foot tall California native will join the Jays as yet another left-handed depth piece in addition to the likes of former Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana and a pair of Canadians in Jeff Francis and Andrew Albers, who, like Wolf, could begin the season at triple-A Buffalo.
With the Jays looking to a pair of young, relatively untested starters in Daniel Norris and Aaron Sanchez to round out a rotation bolstered by 24 year-old Drew Hutchison and a pair of aging veterans in R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle, proven MLB ready depth will be key should inexperience or health concerns play a pivotal role in the success of Toronto’s starting rotation during the 2015 season.
Despite suffering from a share of injuries including two Tommy John surgeries (most recently in 2012), the former second round draft pick still packs an arsenal that includes a high 80’s fastball, curveball, change-up and slider that he’s used to hold left-handed batters to a career slashline of .235/.306/.400 during his 15 years of major league service.
For Wolf, who earned the win in his debut with the Philadelphia Phillies against the Jays, June 11th, 1999, joining the Blue Jays organization will serve as an opportunity to reestablish himself as a reputable starter and, in doing so, continue his long-standing career.
His contract comes with an opt out clause that will kick in on June 1.
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