Posted By Jeff Fletcher 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?)