Wolf Open To Astros Return

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.



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