Jose de Jesus Ortiz quotes Astros southpaw and Ed Wade favorite Randy Wolf:
A few weeks ago I had a short conversation with Ed and talked about what I thought of it here and if I’d be open to playing here. Like I’ve said, I think…yes definitely. The geography doesn’t really matter anymore. I think first and foremost I want to be on a winning team and have the best possible chance to be where I’ve never been before, which is the playoffs.
It seems this was a consideration for Wade all along when he made the trade for Wolf. Overall Wolf has a 4.30 ERA in 190.3 innings. He made all his starts and posted a solid 7.6 K/9. Wolf averaged 88.8 mph on his heater, showing more velocity than he had in recent years.
With a fair offer, the Astros might be able to sign Wolf before he hits the open market. He earned $8.5MM this year, hitting all his incentives. It might take three years and $30-35MM to sign him. At the least, the Astros can offer Wolf arbitration and snag a draft pick since he’s a Type B free agent.