In the last five days, I hear the name of Randy Wolf more often when it comes to the Mets pursuit of a number two starter, than this years pick of the litter, John Lackey.
Earlier today I posted about the Mets being concerned about the potential for an arm injury with regard to John Lackey, which you can read in the post below this one.
Last week, Randy Wolf’s name came up when Jon Heyman reported that a team source told him that the Mets would like a “do-over” on Randy Wolf. Today he echoed those sentiments when he reported from the GM Meetings in Chicago and wrote,
The Mets are expected to make a play for Randy Wolf.
ESPN and Fox Sports both reported that Wolf would be on the Mets radar this winter and that he would command a three year deal.
Tim Dierkes of MLBTR, ranked Randy Wolf number five among all free agents and predicted that he will ultimately sign with the Mets. He writes,
The Mets regrettably chose Oliver Perez over Wolf a year ago. As the best available starter aside from Lackey, Wolf is primed to get a three-year deal worth more than $30MM.
The latest development that might bring Randy Wolf even closer to Flushing is this:
The Elias Sports Bureau has completed it’s rankings and Wolf has been classified as a Class A Free Agent.
What that means is that any team that signs him would have to part with their first round draft pick in next June’s MLB Draft. However, there is one little stipulation that plays in the Mets favor. Any team that finishes among the lowest teams in the standings (IE: the Mets), do not have to forfeit their first round pick.
The fact that a team may have to forfeit a first round pick may scare some teams away from the bidding, and put the Mets right into the drivers seat.
Of course, the Dodgers would have to offer Wolf arbitration, but it’s expected that they will and that Wolf will turn it down and look for a multi year deal elsewhere.
But here is the real question…
If Randy Wolf became the Mets top pitching acquisition this off season, would any of you be happy with that?
Wolf finished the season with an 11-7 record and a 3.23 ERA. The lefthander had an impressive 1.10 WHIP and struck out 160 batters in 214 innings pitched. He did all that for the rock bottom price of $4.9 million dollars. (It’s no wonder the Mets want a do-over!)
Would an Opening Day rotation of Santana (if healthy), Wolf, Maine (if healthy), Pelfrey and Perez be enough to win the NL East?