Randy Wolf and the Padres have agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $9 million. During the past couple weeks, the Phillies have been hotly pursuing the lefty former Phil, but alas the prodigal son’s return was not meant to be. Wolf decided to stay out on the West Coast in a pitcher-friendly park. He will be back in Philly at least once next season though – the Padres come to town the last week of April.
The signing, which is still contingent on the recouperating Wolf passing a physical, leaves the Phillies still searching for starting pitching. All winter (much like last winter) Pat Gillick and the guys have been preaching the need for pitching. Now that the player at the top of their wish list is taken, where does this leave the team? Admittedly the talent pool is thin but the team does have a few options. There are a few veteran starting pitchers still available through free agency, including Brett Tomko, Tony Armas, Jason Jennings, Matt Clement, Kip Wells, Josh Fogg, and Mark Redman. There are also some trade possibilities like Dontrelle Willis, Erik Bedard, Dan Haren, Joe Blanton, or Johan Santana to noodle with; but it’s unlikely the Phils will give up what is needed to acquire these guys. In reality, the only list of pitchers that the Phils brass will be looking at contains the names Hamels, Myers, Moyer, Kendrick, and Eaton.
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