Mets Like Randy Wolf
According to various sources, the Mets are interested in adding Randy Wolf to their 2009 starting rotation.
To me, that’s a nice idea — IF the plan is to make him the #5 starter. His lefthandedness is a big advantage in the NL East, and his veteran status suggests that he’s unlikely to crap the bed. He’s a tough competitor and a battler, which will endear him to New York fans. Finally, he is a complete pitcher — meaning, he does everything from field his position to keeping runners close to placing bunts.
However, if signing Randy Wolf is an alternative to acquiring a #3-type starter — i.e., Derek Lowe, Oliver Perez — then I’m not sure what the Mets’ brass is thinking. Besides not being a middle-rotation guy anymore, Wolf’s injury history is unsettling. He’s suffered both elbow and shoulder injuries during his career, and though he managed 190 IP last season, there’s no guarantee he won’t miss 80 games like he did in 2007.
Unfortunately, this is not the Randy Wolf in his mid-twenties — a young kid with a sharp breaking ball, 90+ heater, and a potential all-star. Rather, this is the Randy Wolf approaching his mid-thirties, age and injuries having robbed speed from his fastball and causing him to hang on to his career by thread. At his absolute best, he might give the Mets a season similar to Steve Trachsel’s days in Flushing — 30 starts, .500 record, somewhere between 160-190 innings. That’s a solid fifth starter, not a #3 on a championship ballclub.
I’d really like to see the Mets put the pedal to the metal. After 2 straight gut-wrenching seasons, I think it’s called for. So if Ollie gives you butterflies, and Lowe’s pricetag is too rich, and Sheets’ health gives you nightmares, GO FOR JAKE PEAVY. A Johan/Peavy/Pelfrey/Maine rotation puts all doubts aside as far as if the Mets have enough talent to make the playoffs. You could argue they’d have the best 1/2 starters and 1/2 bullpen in baseball. That’s the way you get yourself back on the map. I know San Diego could balk at the package the Mets have to offer, but I at least want to Mets rumored in the negotiations. Make it seem like you tried, Omar.