Ed Wade Re-Joins Phillies

TUESDAY: The Phillies have announced that Wade will be a special consultant in the club's baseball operations department.

MONDAY: Longtime MLB GM Ed Wade has returned to the Phillies in a scouting position, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports (on Twitter). Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle first reported that Wade would end up scouting for his former team (Twitter link).

The Astros dismissed Wade this fall after four years in Houston and a 56-106 showing in 2011. Wade became Philadelphia's GM in 1997 after spending years in the team's baseball operations department. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. was Wade's assistant GM from 1999 until Wade's dismissal in 2005. The Phillies drafted Ryan Howard and Chase Utley while Wade was GM and selected Jimmy Rollins when he was the team's player personnel administrator.


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31 Comments on "Ed Wade Re-Joins Phillies"


Chris_RG
3 years 8 months ago

He hasn’t been working for the Phillies all along as their AAA GM?

3 years 8 months ago

Conspiracy?

ilikeike29
3 years 8 months ago

It’s like he never left

ColonelTom
3 years 8 months ago

All your bullpen arms are belong to us!

bigpat
3 years 8 months ago

I see what you did there. 

nm344
3 years 8 months ago

Wade was the guy who wouldn’t trade Utley and Howard when they were coming up.  He knows talent and is a good guy to have around.

skoods
3 years 8 months ago

Meh, who’s to say anyone would have traded them? Wade is also the guy who almost traded Howard for Kip Wells.

dylanp5030
3 years 8 months ago

Kris Benson as well was rumored.

coldgoldenfalstaff
3 years 8 months ago

Big surprise there. As if he wasn’t scouting for the Phillies all along…

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 8 months ago

Hopefully this is just temporary until a team with a good young third baseman has a GM opening.

DirtyBrownBlanket
3 years 8 months ago

That’s awesome.

nm344
3 years 8 months ago

Phillies have never ripped off Wade unlike what people think.  He’s gotten players like Bourn and top prospects like Gose, Singleton and Cosart.

Madman2TX
3 years 8 months ago

Big shocker: though the bigger shock is that Wade wasn’t qualified enough for a janitorial position with the Phillies.

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

That’d be a lot funnier if you had any idea what you are talking about. Wade is an amazing scout.

3 years 8 months ago

He’s a scout.  He’s not bad there, just keep him far away from the GM’s chair.

Kenny St John
3 years 8 months ago

Uhh, you had Pat Gillick in there after Wade. Then Amaro from the 2008-2009 offseason.

3 years 8 months ago

Uhh, he never said Amaro was the GM in 2005. 

JST1331
3 years 8 months ago

This was planned all a long.

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

I agree that Ed Wade and Omar Minaya are a couple of the worst GM’s of all time, but they are also a couple of the best scouts of all time. Good move for the Phillies.

Silence
3 years 8 months ago

Possible Ed Wade had a secret plan with the Phillies all along.

Silence
3 years 8 months ago

Possible Ed Wade had a secret plan with the Phillies all along.

Michael Shaw
3 years 8 months ago

Sure Ed Wade did a lot of deals with the Phillies while GM of the Astros but he was under instructions to cut payroll and he did that, while adding good prospects. I’m not a big Ed Wade fan; but, I feel a little bad for him. He was GM on a team with no budget, and an owner who was trying to get out the whole time. Having Rollins, Utley, and Howard on his pedigree isn’t bad. 

Silence
3 years 8 months ago

So he finally decided to stop the act he was putting on in Houston? Welcome back, even though it feels like you never left.

3 years 8 months ago

It seemed like he was still on the Phillies payroll even when he was with Houston.
He practically gave away the Astros best players to Philadelphia for nothing..now he’s back?…No way my friends..he never left..

So..let’s have the Astros pay Roy Oswalts salary to go play for the Phillies for practically nothing useful in return…nice..
Then, a year later, lets give away the only potential All-Star caliber player for little to nothing in return because yeah, this will keep me in good terms with the Phillies..

Sorry people..I’ve felt this way since Oswalt was dealt to the Phils…when if this guy was really doing his job, he would have got some quality pieces in return to help the team that currently employed him rebuild with…
I was pretty ticked to see these moves knowing who was involved in the front office..  And hey, I like the Phillies..I live in the Philadelphia area..they are my second favorite team and I watch or listen to every game, but I’m a baseball fan first…and these moved just seemed dirty.  I find myself rooting against the Phillies sometimes because it’s bad enough that they’ve recently took a page from the Yankees’ playbook, trying to buy championships, but add this kind of nonesense..wow…All that’s really left to say is Hey Eddie, welcome back on the payroll….officially.

nm344
3 years 8 months ago

Gose Cosart and Singleton are all top prospects.  Perhaps you don’t know what you’re talking about.

Jeff Gross
3 years 8 months ago

what kind of good players did you want? All star Bourne? Top rated prospect Happ? other top rated kids who will contribute in coming years? Wade’s job was to build the Astros for coming years, not to win now. If he had payroll, he wouldn’t have had to trade these guys to begin with. If you have an issue with Houston, talk to their former owner who wouldn’t invest in winning

Red_Line_9
3 years 8 months ago

MLB office staffs are so intertwined it’s nearly impossible to avoid people that dont have working experience with eachother.  They actually NEED to know the philosophies of other organizations.  Ed Wade didn’t make decisons on his own in a vaccum in Houston.  I’m not going to say he was successful, but he doesn’t deserve to be the sole focus of the entire organization.

dylanp5030
3 years 8 months ago

I very much disagree

To PHI: Lidge, Oswalt, and Pence

To HOU: Bourn, Mike Costanzo (who just came off a season at AA hitting .270 with 27 HRs while playing 3B at age 23), JA Happ (nice 3/4 pitcher), Anthony Gose (was the fastest guy in the minors two years ago and will be a top 50 prospect), Singleton (top 50 prospect), Cosart (top 50 prospect), Santana (who is 18 years old, playing with 20-21 year olds, and holding his own with good power and a high OBP), and Jonathon Villar (top 100 prospect).

So he traded those three for an all-star, gold glove CF (who he later trades), an almost rookie of the year (who will bounce back), a young OF who could be ready to play MLB at age of 21, and prospects that are currently ranked 41, 43, 45, and 94 on BA’s top 100.

I look at it this way.

Phillies and Astros were even on the Lidge trade only because we won the series in 2008 and Lidge was a major part of that. Without that year, the Astros won that trade outright.

Phillies and Astros were even on the Oswalt trade because Oswalt dealt with a lot of injuries this past year, but Happ struggled. I feel Happ will be a nice pitcher and the Phillies no longer have Oswalt. It would have been a win for the Astros if he had not traded Gose away!

Astros won the Pence deal. I know, I know, they are prospects and Pence is proven. But, when a team is in rebuilding mode you have to get pieces. The Astros got three really nice pieces in Singleton, Cosart, and Santana. I think Cosart will be a future closer and Singleton will be a 1B with Santana playing RF. This was a great trade for both teams at the time, but I think in the long run, Astros will look back on this trade as a turning point for their franchise.

Now, the Bourn trade (ATL) is another story. Atlanta clearly won that deal.

3 years 8 months ago

It seemed like he was still on the Phillies payroll even when he was with Houston.
He practically gave away the Astros best players to Philadelphia for nothing..now he’s back?…No way my friends..he never left..

So..let’s have the Astros pay Roy Oswalts salary to go play for the Phillies for practically nothing useful in return…nice..
Then, a year later, lets give away the only potential All-Star caliber player for little to nothing in return because yeah, this will keep me in good terms with the Phillies..

Sorry people..I’ve felt this way since Oswalt was dealt to the Phils…when if this guy was really doing his job, he would have got some quality pieces in return to help the team that currently employed him rebuild with…
I was pretty ticked to see these moves knowing who was involved in the front office..  And hey, I like the Phillies..I live in the Philadelphia area..they are my second favorite team and I watch or listen to every game, but I’m a baseball fan first…and these moved just seemed dirty.  I find myself rooting against the Phillies sometimes because it’s bad enough that they’ve recently took a page from the Yankees’ playbook, trying to buy championships, but add this kind of nonesense..wow…All that’s really left to say is Hey Eddie, welcome back on the payroll….officially.

Brian Stevenson
3 years 8 months ago

FYI to the writer, Richard Justice no longer works for the Chronicle, he left a couple of weeks ago and now works for MLB.com

MadmanTX
3 years 8 months ago

“special consultant” ie “Hey, Wade…wash these jock straps.”