Major League Baseball free agency has begun and the Philadelphia Phillies, along with every major league team, have many players on their individual radars. Many teams have specific voids to fill. For the Phillies, one of their voids that they may need to fill is the final spot in their rotation either this season or next.
Randy Wolf is a thirty-six (36) year old pitcher who was originally drafted by the Phillies in the second round of the 1997 amateur draft. Wolf has spent fourteen (14) years in the MLB and has played for eight (8) franchises over the extent of his career. He has a career record of 132-117 with an earned run average of 4.20.
So why would the Phillies have any interest at all in bringing back the veteran left hander?
Wolf has actually shown that he has gotten better with age. Though his velocity has dropped significantly since his time in Philadelphia, Wolf has learned to control his pitches better in the past couple of seasons. Since turning thirty years old during the 2007 season, which ironically was his first season outside of the Phillies organization, Wolf has posted a record of 63-67 with a 4.29 ERA.
Wolf is coming off of the worst season of his career. A season in which he also got injured. Wolf will undergo another surgery this offseason (Tommy John) and is not expected to be back in the MLB until the 2014 season. This means that the Phillies could get Wolf at a very cheap price and maybe even invite him to their spring training roster next season.
Though it would have been great to get Wolf for this season, the Phillies still have many other options out there. Wolf would add more veteran leadership to a team with a lot of veteran presence to it, but one would think that Wolf may just be best brought in as a spring training invitee next season. Look for the Phillies to explore the starting pitching market, but do not expect them to make any big moves this offseason.
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