Notes: Wolf says he'll miss Philly

Notes: Wolf says he'll miss Philly

PHILADELPHIA -- Randy Wolf is already picturing himself throwing that first pitch from the Dodger Stadium mound, this time for the home team.

"I think every kid grows up wanting to play for the team he watched," Wolf said. "I grew up in the LA area and have many fond memories of going to Dodger Stadium with friends and family. It's something I'll be looking forward to."

In explaining his decision to trade in his red Phillies pinstripes for Dodger blue, Wolf said it was a lure he couldn't resist. So, while Philadelphia and another team (believed to be Arizona) offered him more money and possibly more guarantees, Wolf went home, agreeing to a one-year deal with the Dodgers worth $7.5 million, with a $9 million option for 2008 that vests with 180 innings.

"In my mind, if I'm healthy, it's going to be a two-year contract," Wolf said. "The Phillies were very competitive with any offer out there. They were very aggressive. It was just a matter of the Dodgers being the right opportunity. To me, it wasn't about trying to get the most money. It was important for me to have the opportunity that I didn't know would ever come up again, and that's playing for the Dodgers.

"I could have gone to the highest bidder. But for me, going to the highest bidder wasn't the important thing. It was going to a place where I always dreamt of playing."

In the wake of that decision is a highly disappointed Wolf Pack, the pitcher's insanely loyal fan club who will now have to decide whether to relocate 3,000 miles west, or perhaps just start an LA chapter.

The Phils rebounded quickly, as they are a physical away from announcing a deal with right-hander Adam Eaton, thus rounding out a rotation of Cole Hamels, Brett Myers, Jon Lieber, Jamie Moyer and Eaton.

Wolf said he'll miss the Phillies, the team that made him a second-round pick in the 1997 First-Year Player Draft.

"It was very difficult, because it was the organization I came up with," Wolf said. "I've been very lucky to have been treated that way by the fans. There's not one guy in that clubhouse that I won't miss."

The return of Jordan: Former Phillie infielder Kevin Jordan has rejoined the organization as a Minor League coach with Class A Lakewood.

Jordan, 37, spent his entire Major League career in Philadelphia, from 1995-2001. He hit .258 with 23 homers in 560 games.

Originally selected by the Yankees in the 20th round in 1990, he was acquired by the Phillies on Feb. 9, 1994, in a deal that sent Terry Mulholland to the Bronx.

In announcing their Minor League coaching staff, the team said that International League Manager of the Year John Russell will return to manage the club's Triple-A affiliate in Ottawa. He managed the Phillies' 2006 Triple-A team (in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre) to the Northern Division title.

Former Phillies third-base coach Bill Dancy will resume his role as Minor League field coordinator, while Mike Compton, who held that position the past two seasons, will return to his previous position as catching coordinator.

The staffs:

Triple-A Ottawa: Manager: John Russell; coach: Sal Rende; pitching coach: Rod Nichols

Double-A Reading: Manager: P.J. Forbes; coach: Greg Gross; pitching coach: Tom Filer

Class A Clearwater: Manager: Dave Huppert; coach: Brad Komminsk; pitching coach: Steve Schrenk

Class A Lakewood: Manager: Steve Roadcap; coach: Kevin Jordan; coach: Joe Alvarez; pitching coach: Ed Hodge

Class A Williamsport: Manager: Greg Legg; coach: Ken Dominguez; pitching coach: Bill Blass

Rookie League (Gulf Coast Phillies): Manager: Roly deArmas; coach: Luis Melendez; pitching coach: Carlos Arroyo

Ken Mandel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.