Phillies Should Consider Bringing Randy Wolf Back

Former Phillie Randy Wolf opted out of his minor league contract with the Orioles on Sunday and will be looking to join his fifth different organization this season in an attempt to prolong his playing career. Wolf made a handful of appearances for the Marlins, his first stint back in the majors since 2012, earlier in the season without much success.

Wolf is 37 years old and likely a stone’s throw away from retirement. Because he’s left-handed, he’ll likely be able to find a taker, but he won’t be able to get anything more than a minor league deal.

The Phillies should consider bringing Wolf back into the organization that drafted him in the second round of the 1997 draft. You can never have too much pitching depth. When rosters expand in September, Wolf could come up and make a token start or two back in the big leagues before he decides whether he wants to continue his career or call it quits. The Phillies won’t be playing for anything more than dignity, but they’ve already lost most of it anyway. It’d be a classy gesture to a guy who was a memorable part of an otherwise forgettable era of Phillies baseball.

Wolf has made a nice career for himself, posting a 4.21 ERA (100 ERA+) with 1,786 strikeouts and 816 walks over 2,293 2/3 innings spanning 15 seasons in the major leagues. With the Phillies, he posted a 4.21 ERA (103 ERA+) with 971 strikeouts and 437 walks over 1,175 innings across eight seasons.

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  1. Andrew Cleveland Alexander

    July 14, 2014 08:39 AM

    I was actually thinking earlier this season that there might be some benefit to bringing Wolf back specifically to work with Jesse Biddle.

  2. PAMcDaddy

    July 14, 2014 10:00 AM

    Agree. Always thought the Phillies’ heavy usage of Wolf contributed to his arm problems and shortened his effective years. It’s the least they could do, especially given the soup cans they’re likely to be sending up the hill in September.

  3. Chris S.

    July 14, 2014 02:55 PM

    Bring back the Wolf Pack!

  4. MMM

    July 14, 2014 03:10 PM

    While we’re at it, let’s bring back Jamie Moyer and Joe Blanton. Hell, I’d rather watch Matt Stairs swing the bat than Domonic Brown right now…

    • Chris S.

      July 14, 2014 04:13 PM

      Don’t forget Vicente Padilla and Travis Lee!

  5. RAJ

    July 14, 2014 07:57 PM

    With ideas like that, you may just earn yourself your own lifetime appointment within the organization, Mr. Baer.

  6. Amarosucks

    July 16, 2014 08:56 AM

    Bill, please stop having raj write your columns

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