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"I can't make that assumption," Wolf told Wednesday afternoon. "I really can't."

The Diamondbacks' agreement with free-agent right-hander Jon Garland and the Mets' continued interest in free-agent lefty Oliver Perez seemingly leaves the Dodgers with a clear path to sign Wolf.

The Dodgers have spoken with Wolf's representatives three of the past four days, including Wednesday, according to major-league sources.

However, Wolf said his representatives are still in contact with the Mets and other clubs, though he again acknowledged that the Mets' priority is re-signing Perez.

That much is obvious.

Mets executives are speaking multiple times per day with Perez's agent, Scott Boras, major-league sources said, though they continue to maintain contact with the representatives for Wolf and free-agent righty Ben Sheets.

The Mets, one source said, could sign Wolf quickly if they made him a pre-emptive offer. The team, however, first wants to exhaust all of its possibilities with Perez, whose other suitors remain unclear.

"This has been the oddest offseason I've ever been a part of," said Wolf, who was a free agent the past two winters as well. "I don't know where I stand with any team.

"I've had multiple deals offered and taken off the table, offers made and then reduced. I will have no idea where I stand until there's a pen and paper in front of me and I sign my name. Until then, I just feel a deal can be taken away or reduced at any time."

The Astros initially sought to retain Wolf, but pulled their three-year, $28.5 million offer because of economic reasons. Both sides acknowledge that they were proceeding toward an agreement when the team rescinded its offer.

The Dodgers, sources said, reassessed their positions with Wolf and Garland after the Yankees re-signed free-agent lefty Andy Pettitte for $5.5 million with the chance to earn $6.5 million in incentives. Wolf declined to comment on the nature of their offer.

Garland has reached preliminary agreement with the Diamondbacks on a one-year contract with a mutual option that will pay him more than $8.5 million guaranteed, according to major-league sources.

The Mets are trying to sign Perez to a three-year contract in the range of $10 million per season, but are open to adding a vesting option or even a guaranteed fourth year depending upon the overall dollar amount.

For the Dodgers, who lost right-handers Derek Lowe and Brad Penny in free agency, the signing of Wolf would represent a return to their recent past.

Wolf, 32, went 9-6 with a 4.73 ERA for the Dodgers in the first part of the 2007 season before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery in July.

He then signed with the Padres as a free agent last season, but didn't return to form until getting traded to the Astros, going 6-2 with a 3.57 ERA in 12 starts.

A 10-year veteran, Wolf is 90-78 lifetime with a 4.26 ERA.

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