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.

Minor League Baseball eclipses 40 million in attendance for 14th consecutive season

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Minor League Baseball announced on Wednesday that, for the 14th consecutive season, the league has eclipsed 40 million in total attendance. 20 teams set single-game attendance records and seven teams set franchise records for single-game attendance in their current parks.

ESPN’s Keith Law, who has been covering the minor leagues for quite a while, did the math:

Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O’Conner, whose most prominent stint in the public eye involved him disingenuously justifying the underpaying of his players, said, “Minor League Baseball continues to be the best entertainment value in sports, and these numbers support that. For us to top 40 million fans for the 14th consecutive season despite the weather challenges our teams faced in April and May is a testament to the continued support of our loyal fan bases and the creative promotions and hard work done by all of our teams across the country.”

Major and Minor League Baseball are quite happy to make money hand over fist on the backs of their players, but are too cheap to pay them adequately for their labor.