Finally! Brewers and Randy Wolf ink 3-year deal

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Randy Wolf has had a three-year offer on the table from the Brewers for at least 48 hours and after unsuccessfully shopping around for something better the free agent left-hander has finally decided to sign with Milwaukee. He’ll reportedly get $29.75 million over three years and the deal also includes a fourth-year team option for 2013.
He’s a step above fellow free agent starters like Carl Pavano and Brad Penny, but given that they both managed only one-year deals in the $7 million range Wolf has done very well to get $10 million per season for at least three years.
Wolf has remained healthy over the past two seasons while going 23-19 with a 3.74 ERA and 322/129 K/BB ratio in 405 innings, but failed to throw even 150 innings in any of the previous four seasons because of all sorts of injuries and is already 33 years old. Milwaukee needed the rotation help and Wolf is a good fit, but the Brewers are definitely paying a premium.

Red Sox trade Roenis Elias back to the Mariners

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The Boston Red Sox announced this afternoon that they’ve traded lefty Roenis Elias to the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later or cash.

Boston had acquired Elias in the same trade that netted them reliever Carson Smith in exchange for Wade Miley and Jonathan Aro back in December of 2015. Since that time Elias has not been a part of the Red Sox’ plans, pitching in just four big league games — eight innings total — in all of 2016 and 2017 and not making an appearance for the big club this season. He was pretty solid for Pawtucket in 2016 but 2017 was largely lost to injuries.

Now he’s headed back to Seattle where, once upon a time, Elias posted a 3.85 ERA in 29 starts as a rookie for the Mariners.