The Baltimore Orioles and free agent pitcher Randy Wolf agreed to a minor league contract on Sunday, reports Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. The team will immediately assign him to Triple-A Norfolk, where he’ll likely provide depth to the starting rotation and an emergency arm for the big league roster.
Wolf, 37, continues his busy 2014 season by joining his third organization. After opening spring training with the Miami Marlins, he was released by the team in late March, only to be signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks in mid-April. He spent some time with the D-Backs’ Triple-A affiliate, but never got the call to the big league team before being released a month later.
That put Wolf back on the open market, where he returned to the Marlins and ended up making his 2014 debut the same day he signed. That stint with Miami only lasted six appearances, including four starts, before the team decided to designate Wolf for assignment last week.
Just a few days later, Wolf was back on the open market, and now the Orioles are the latest organization to take a shot on the veteran. Over his six appearances this year, he posted a 5.26 ERA with 19 strikeouts and six walks in 25.2 innings.
For Baltimore, Wolf provides some depth to a pitching staff that could need it later in the year. He hasn’t been particularly effective at the MLB level since 2011, when he posted a 3.69 ERA over 212.1 innings for Milwaukee, but the risk here isn’t much. In order to free up room on the 40-man roster for Wolf, the Orioles outrighted Edgmer Escalona, who had a 6.10 ERA with Triple-A Norfolk this year.