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Randy Wolf auditioned for eight teams last week

Nov 25, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

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Fox’s Ken Rosenthal reports that Randy Wolf auditioned for eight teams last week.

I love the use of the word “auditioned.” It makes me think of “X-Factor” or “American Idol” or something. After Wolf throws, a GM and an ex-player, sitting at a table with product placement-festooned cups rip him to shreds. One other guy — maybe a play-by-play guy — says he loved him and to keep his chin up. Wolf looks uncomfortable taking both the the insults and the praise, and later, when a camera is on him alone, he says defiant things about how everyone will be sorry one day for doubting his talent.

For what it’s worth, Rosenthal says that Wolf — who posted a 5.68 ERA in 158 innings for the Brewers and Orioles in 2012 — threw between 87-89 m.p.h. but his curve looked good and he’s getting offers already.

  1. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    I would watch that show.

    A stat-head GM, a former player (Who wasn’t as good as people remember him to be), and a old time Scout with a mouth full of chewing tobacco and a mouth like a sailor, all behind a podium judging and criticizing players. Fans would be charged 2.99 a text to vote our opinions. You would have the good looking ball players who could hit the ball a mile, but in reality couldn’t hit a curve ball. You’d have pitchers who could throw mid 90’s but couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn. And you’d have the ugly step child of baseball, the sub-mariner throwing low to mid 80s with the nastiest stuff you’ve ever seen but never getting any votes because he isn’t “marketable”. And the winner would be signed to a AAA contract for the MLB team that missed the playoffs last season. It would be FANTASTIC!

    • scotttheskeptic - Nov 25, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      Didn’t the Pirates do something of that nature with cricket players from the subcontinent about a decade ago? As I recall, the winner got a million dollar Minor League deal.

  2. fomeols - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Umm, who were the teams? isn’t that kind of an important part of the article?

    • yahmule - Nov 25, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      I assumed it was the eight most desperate.

      • bolweevils2 - Nov 25, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        Good, as I had hoped the my Mets would be interested and they’d qualify.

        I’m thinking you could sign him for next to nothing, so nothing to lose. And if you are willing the give him the benefit of the doubt that his lousy 2012 was the result of the arm problems that eventually led to Tommy John surgery, you might conclude he’d be worth a shot. In the years immediately prior to 2012, he was respectable and threw 200 innings.

        Allowing some slippage due to his current age of 36, it’s plausible he could throw 180 innings of 4.50 ERA ball. And that’s valuable these days. Ask Jason Vargas. And if he’s lost it, cut him in spring training, no big deal.

  3. Jonny 5 - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Well the Phillies are bound to be irrelevant again so I say, effit bring back the Wolf pack!

  4. scotttheskeptic - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    @Jonny5 – the way he is going, Amaro is likely to hand himself a 3 year/$30 million deal to be the 4th outfielder.

  5. riverace19 - Nov 25, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    7 teams are interested in what? A reliable batting practice pitcher?

    • gloccamorra - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:32 AM

      87-89 is below average for a righty, but Wolf is a left hander, and that’s about average for a veteran lefty who “knows how to pitch”. There’s always room for a lefty in the bullpen who can get lefty hitters out, and in fact there’s a shortage of loogys in the majors. At 37 Wolf is well positioned to make some pin money for a couple more years, and it’s always nice to make Baseball Reference look foolish listing his “last game” prematurely.

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