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The Brewers release Randy Wolf on his birthday

Aug 22, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT


Happy birthday, Randy Wolf!  Your present? Your unconditional release. Sincerely, the Milwaukee Brewers.

Not that it was undeserved. Wolf has been awful this year, posting a 5.69 ERA and 96/45 K/BB ratio over 142 1/3 innings this season. That combined with the need to find room for the soon-to-be-activated Shaun Marcum and to clear up space for auditions of pitchers who could help the Brewers next year made this move all but inevitable.

But hey: more free time tonight to go to Chuck E. Cheese or to get a free dinner at Denny’s or something.  Beats how I spent my 36th birthday.

  1. El Bravo - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Dare we ask what you did on your 36th? Pie party?

  2. redguy12588 - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Awww, that’s mean, even if he was having a terrible year. You kept him this long, what’s another month? Rosters expand in 9 days anyway.

    • rooney24 - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      As implied in the article, they need roster spots to try out young guys. Even when rosters expand, you can only call guys up if they are on the 40 man roster. They likely needed to create spots on the 40 man roster, so they dropped him. The Twins recently dropped Blackburn and Nishioka from their 40 man roster for similar reasons, to open spots to call guys up (and/or make waiver claims from other teams). It was a little cold to do it on his b-day, but I am guessing they never checked.

  3. missthemexpos - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Since Wolf will still get fully paid for the balance of the season, it is like a 2 million dollar birthday present from the Brewers.

    • snowbirdgothic - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      “Happy birthday! You get what you’re legally entitled to!”

  4. dadawg77 - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Its sucks to get released and see the end of your career on your birthday. However a two million dollar severance package is a nice going away present and hard to feel too bad for him.

  5. fatfirstbaseman - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    For reference: Players released on their birthday

  6. greymares - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    the sad part is he will be picked up by the end of the week.

    • dan1111 - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      Sad? He has been solid for a long time before this season, and 36 isn’t that old for a pitcher. He is a good low-risk pickup for anyone who needs rotation help.

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