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.
As part of a series of corresponding roster moves today the Marlins have called up stud pitching prospect Andrew Heaney from Triple-A for what will be his big-league debut at age 23.
Heaney was the ninth overall pick in the 2012 draft and ranked 30th on Baseball America’s prospect list coming into this season, improving his stock even further by posting a 2.47 ERA and 79/15 K/BB ratio in 77 innings between Double-A and Triple-A.
He projects as a potential No. 1 or No. 2 starter with a low-90s fastball and good off-speed pitches, and Heaney will step into the rotation spot created by designating veteran left-hander Randy Wolf for assignment. His debut will be Thursday against the Mets.
In other moves, the Marlins also placed outfielder Christian Yelich on the disabled list with a back injury, recalled 22-year-old outfield prospect Jake Marisnick from Triple-A, and designated for assignment veteran right-hander Kevin Slowey. It’s a busy afternoon in Miami.
Randy Wolf won a spot in the Mariners’ starting rotation coming out of spring training, but then the team asked him to sign an advanced consent form that more or less reworked his contract terms and the 37-year-old left-hander requested his release.
Two weeks later Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Wolf is close to signing a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks, who lost starter Patrick Corbin and reliever David Hernandez to Tommy John elbow surgery recently.
Wolf is himself coming back from Tommy John surgery, which knocked him out for all of last season. He wasn’t particularly effective this spring in Mariners camp and had a 5.65 ERA for the Orioles and Brewers in 2012, so it’s tough to expect much from Wolf at this point.
Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times explains the odd situation:
After it seemed as Randy Wolf made the opening day starting rotation – which he apparently did, we learned that Wolf asked to be released from his contract and the Mariners granted his release.
So what happened?’
Well, the Mariners told Wolf on Tuesday that he had made the team and would be in the starting rotation. But in the midst of that, they slipped in that they wanted him to sign 45-day advanced-consent relief form.
Wolf would not sign the form, telling reporters on Tuesday evening, “I was principally objected to that simply because we negotiated in good faith in February on a team friendly contract, if I were to make the team. I felt like I came in amazing shape, I pitched great and I earned a spot on the team. They told me I earned the spot on team. But to me, that advanced consent thing is kind of renegotiating a contract so I told them I wouldn’t sign in and I disagreed with it.”
Wolf posted a 4.26 ERA and 1.316 WHIP in 19 Cactus League innings this spring.
The 37-year-old left-hander should be able to latch on with a new team quickly.
Seattle will presumably fill out its rotation with Blake Beaven and Roenis Elias.
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Chris Young proved he’s recovered from thoracic outlet surgery this spring by posting a respectable 3.48 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in four Grapefruit League appearances for the Nationals. But there’s no spot for him on Washington’s major league roster and so he was let go in a round of cuts Tuesday in camp.
Young did not pitch at the big league level in 2013, but he was decent for the Mets in 2012 and would make for solid emergency rotation depth for a number of clubs. He joins Freddy Garcia, Scott Baker, and Erik Bedard on the secondary starting pitching market. Also, the Mariners just released veteran left-hander Randy Wolf, according to MLB.com’s Greg Johns.