If the story on Foxsports.com is correct, the Phillies nine-year relationship with 30-year-old left-hander Randy Wolf is at an end.
Loyalty is a dying animal in baseball, but it appears this near agreement isn’t necessarily about the bottom line, either. The Dodgers have reportedly offered only a one-year contract with a club option for 2008, believed to be less than what the Phillies were offering. The former second-round pick lives in the Los Angeles area and attended Pepperdine University.
Wolf returned from Tommy John surgery in late July and holds a career mark of 69-60 with a 4.21 ERA. He went 4-0 with a 5.56 ERA in 12 starts last season. He was an all-star in 2003, and hasn't taken a loss since May of 2005.
Beerleaguer: Though he was scouted heavily, there was a positive vibe Wolf could be retained. The Phillies handed him a sizable contract when he was still quite young, then oversaw his rehab and got him back on the mound for more starts then expected. It turned out to be an audition. It’s hard to imagine they could have done more for him over his nine-year career. Wolf was a central component of Ed Wade's championship blueprint, and was a fan favorite.
He will instead pass on more guaranteed years and return home for one or two seasons. Perhaps doubts about his health are weighing on his conscious and he doesn’t want to handcuff the Phils with a long-term deal.
Unlikely. I think it’s the opposite. Knowing the success of Tommy John surgery, Wolf probably feels confident in his ability to rebound as a premiere left-hander in a pitcher-friendly park. Someone like Wolf could pitch into his 40s, and he knows his next contract – after this – could get him awfully close.