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Orioles sign Randy Wolf to minor league deal

Jun 22, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

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Randy Wolf has yet a new home. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have signed the left-hander to a minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A Norfolk. He’ll make his first start with his new club on Tuesday against Pawtucket. The Orioles outrighted Edgmer Escalona off of the 40-man roster to make room for Wolf.

Wolf has been well-traveled in 2014 as he attempts to prolong his major league career. He spent the spring with the Mariners, but they released him on March 25. The Diamondbacks signed him to a minor league deal on April 11, but they released him about a month later after he posted a 4.50 ERA in 34 innings across six starts with Triple-A Reno. The Marlins signed him on May 14 and had him make his 2014 debut — his first appearance in the major leagues since September 2012 — on the same day. In four starts and two relief appearances for the Marlins, Wolf posted a 5.26 ERA with a 19/6 K/BB ratio in 25 2/3 innings. The Marlins designated Wolf for assignment on Monday, and he elected free agency on Wednesday.

The 37-year-old lefty is a veteran of 15 seasons in the big leagues. Over 2,293 2/3 career innings, Wolf has a 4.21 ERA with a 133-120 record.

  1. randomdigits - Jun 22, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Norfolk needs another arm.

  2. mazblast - Jun 22, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    He’s not good, but if he’s not on the DL, he performs a role once common but now rare, the “long man” who’ll give you 3-4-5 innings if the starter fails. It’s not glamorous, you don’t want him in the rotation except in an emergency, but he will “eat innings” and save the guys in the bullpen. In a day of wussified pitchers, in which a starter going five is considered adequate and relievers sustain psychological trauma if they go more than an inning, such a guy is valuable because he spares a bullpen (and manager) extra work. He’s your 12th pitcher, and he seems to be good with that.

    • Reflex - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      Define ‘wussified’…

      Personally I’m happy to see teams treating young arms like investments in the future rather than running them out there until their arms fall off like in the ‘good old days’…

    • dan1111 - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:42 AM

      @mazblast,

      1) What on earth are you talking about? Wolf has made a grand total of 10 relief appearances in his career. This isn’t some special role he has mastered, he’s just a washed up starter that might end up in relief for that reason.

      2) Is it more “wussified” to pitch innings 1-5 than innings 4-9? This makes no sense. Anyway, Wolf hasn’t actually done this. He did pitch 4 innings in relief one time back in 2001…

  3. glennsyank13 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Why does this guy keep getting chances?

    • stex52 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      He’s a soft-tossing lefthander who has a devastating curve when it works. He has shown great resiliency over the years. Teams will gamble on that particular set of attributes over and over. They figure they can go to the well one more time for 100 innings or so.

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