Hey Billy, my boy Randy Wolf is still available

Posted By on January 20, 2009 2:58 pm

Randy Wolf reportedly turned down an offer from the Diamondbacks. The offer was probably in the neighborhood of $4-5 million, according to the story. So I guess that’s the bottom of the Wolf Market.

Wolf would be a nice pickup to be the A’s No. 3 or No. 4 starter, I think. His 4.30 ERA with the Padres and Astros last year is nothing to write home about, but he did finish strong (6-2, 3.57 in his last 12 starts after the Astros got him). He had 7.6 strikeouts per nine innings and he gave up less than one homer per nine innings. His walks were a tad high, at 3.6, though. He also threw 190 innings.

(UPDATE: According to this, Billy Beane has no interest in Randy Wolf or any other free agent pitcher. Seems to think that maybe Josh Outman, Gio Gonzalez and Dallas Braden may be the next Hudson, Mulder and Zito. OK, maybe that’s me putting words in his mouth. Seems to me that the young guys they have aren’t quite as good as that previous generation, and there’s no harm in having one veteran arm around for a short-term deal to provide a buffer. But what do I know?)


3 Responses to “Hey Billy, my boy Randy Wolf is still available”

  1. Anonymous says:

    or they are confident in cahill, anderson, simmons, mazzaro, etc pitching at some point in 09 that maybe gio, braden, outman, etc maybe can pull an 08 version of eveland, smith and have several solid months in the majors.

  2. Jeff Fletcher says:

    Well, if it were me, I’d rather have that one extra veteran arm there to make sure that the young guys really have to earn their way up, rather than just getting thrown in there quickly because everyone else has failed. The A’s supposedly had some money to spend, and unless they are specifically now saving that money for Orlando Cabrera or have decided not spend it (because of the economy), I think they ought to use it on a starter.

  3. Jeremy says:

    I’m torn because with Duke’s injury history and impending free agency the need for another top of the rotation arm is there and Sheets can be had at a major discount for a multi-year deal.

    But if it’s Randy Wolf or Orlando Cabrera, I’ll take Cabrera. The A’s have 6 capable starters as of now, and Cahill, Anderson, and Mazzaro all have an outside shot at making the rotation already. BR/BR/Reminds me a lot of the ’99 team that traded for Appier midseason. That team was on the brink of the postseason and needed a front line starter to put them over.

    Either way the A’s should be seen as the favorite to win the West.

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