ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark says the Phillies are taking a hard look at left-hander Randy Wolf, who is recovering from minor shoulder surgery. In addition to Wolf, Stark lists Matt Clement, Kris Benson, Mike Wood and Japanese free agent Hiroki Kuroda as other names who've made their list. Looking into my crystal ball, Wolfie would get my vote for the move the Phils are most likely to make the rest of the way. [Link]
The difference between Wade and Gillick: I read that Ed Wade signed Geoff Blum yesterday. When comparing the difference between Wade and Pat Gillick, look no further than yesterday's transactions and how the two GMs fill their rosters. Wade goes with Blum, a "safe" veteran choice with no upside. Very, very typical Wade. His Phillies' legacy is based on that concept. Then there's Gillick, who pays cash for Snelling, a former AL prospect, who's still young enough to have upside, but has a debilitating history of injury that could render him useless.
These are great examples that help define these regimes. Wade goes with the more conventional, familiar FA approach with an aging player. Gillick lives and dies by the waiver wire and makes deals with alien clubs like Tampa.