Brewers make three-year, $31 million offer to Wolf and talk to Mulder

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Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Brewers have made Randy Wolf a three-year, $31 million offer and are now simply waiting for his decision. Wolf and the Brewers were said to be on the verge of a deal last night, but the Mets apparently changed things by expressing late interest.
Wolf became a much more desirable target when the Dodgers misguidedly decided not to offer him salary arbitration, meaning that teams could pursue the Type A free agent without risking their first-round pick. Wolf has a lengthy injury history, but has remained healthy over the past two seasons while going 23-19 with a 3.74 ERA and 322/129 K/BB ratio in 404.2 innings for the Dodgers, Astros, and Padres.
While waiting for Wolf to make a decision the Brewers have also talked to Mark Mulder, who’s still trying to come back from a series of arm injuries. At this point Mulder is much more of a reclamation project than a legitimate rotation option for 2010, but new Brewers pitching coach worked with him in Oakland and the two sides should be able to figure out an incentive-laden deal.

Erasmo Ramirez to be shut down with a minor lat strain

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Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez has been shut down for two weeks with a minor lat strain, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. It’s a precautionary move, as Ramirez felt some tightness in his arm and could not complete his scheduled bullpen session on Saturday.

There’s no word yet on whether Ramirez will be able to recover in time for the start of the season, though he’s expected to claim a rotation spot again this spring. The 28-year-old righty has been dogged by injuries throughout his six-year career, but finally managed to piece together a full season on the mound in back-to-back stints with the Rays and Mariners in 2017. He went 5-6 in 19 starts for the two clubs and turned in a cumulative 4.39 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 through 131 1/3 innings.

The Mariners are no stranger to pitcher injuries, either. They lost a number of their top arms to various elbow, arm and shoulder injuries last year and cycled through 40 total pitchers as they limped toward a 78-84 finish. Comments from club manager Scott Servais indicate that the team will keep a close eye on Ramirez throughout his recovery, though Divish notes that right-hander Andrew Moore and lefty Ariel Miranda could also slot into the no. 5 spot if Ramirez experiences further setbacks.