WasWatching.com reader “Wade_Taylor” asked me to chime in on Free Agent starting pitcher Randy Wolf…so…here goes…
Wolf is young – he’ll pitch as a 30-year old next season – and a lefty starter. That’s always a good starting combination in terms of being an attractive free agent.
From 2000 until the time he needed Tommy John surgery in 2005, Randy was, at the worst, a league average pitcher.
You have to throw out the stats from 2006 when looking at Wolf – because that was post-rehab. Basically, Wolf in 2007 is like Jon Lieber in 2004 – meaning that next season will be his first full season after a full rehab from the surgery.
If I had to peg Wolf somewhere in the world of current LH-starters out there, I would say that he’s not as good as Andy Pettitte but he’s ten times better than Mark Redman.
Still, knowing Randy Johnson’s age and health, as well as Carl Pavano’s “history,” I would take Wolf as the the Yankees third starter in 2007, if I had to choose now, over Unit and Pav-Dog.
Wolf and Ted Lilly are sort of the same deal, to me, at this junction.
If the contract was decent, I would not moan too loudly about the Yankees picking up either one of them this winter.