Randy Wolf received an offer he couldn’t refuse. As a result, his stay in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ organization is now over. The veteran lefty said goodbye to the Reno Aces, the D’backs’ Triple A affiliate and hello to a spot in the Miami Marlins’ rotation. Wolf had an opt-out clause in his contract that he exercised and has already joined the Fish who are still reeling about the torn UCL suffered by star pitcher Jose Fernandez.
Arizona signed Wolf on April 11th as their pitching was wrecked with both injury and ineffectiveness. In six starts with the Aces, the 37-year old Wolf was 5-1 with a 4.50 ERA, giving up 40 hits in 34 innings pitched. Perhaps his most impressive stat in Reno was that he gave up only one home run in a league, the PCL, which has a reputation as a launching pad. Wolf pitched well enough to merit a promotion back to the Majors on two occasions but was passed over in favor of youngsters Mike Bolsinger and Chase Anderson. I feel that considering the state of the D’backs, bringing up Bolsinger and Anderson was a much better alternative than calling up Wolf. Why not give younger pitchers a chance instead of an older guy looking for once last chance at the Show?
We wish Randy Wolf the best of luck in Miami and perhaps we will see him later this year.