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Brewers release Randy Wolf

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer
Happy Birthday, Randy! (Getty Images)

The Randy Wolf era in Milwaukee is over. The Brewers have released the left-handed starting pitcher, the club announced Wednesday morning. Coincidentally enough, Wednesday is Wolf's 36th birthday.

Considering the season Wolf is having, this isn't much of a surprise. Wolf is 3-10 with a 5.69 ERA and 1.57 WHIP. He leads the majors in hits allowed and the NL in earned runs.

This comes on the heels of Wolf having a serviceable season for the division-winning 2011 Brewers. He was 13-10 with a 3.69 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 212 1/3 innings last season. He also had a good start against the Cardinals in the NLCS.

Still, Wolf is in the midst of an awful season and his bad contract expires at the end of the season -- well, there was a $10 million team option the Brewers were never picking up -- it's an easy move for Milwaukee to cut its losses. Wolf signed a three-year, $29.75 million contract with the Brewers prior to the 2010 season.

Due to his performance last season and the fact that he's a lefty, don't expect Wolf to be unvoluntarily retired. Someone will probably take a shot on him.

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