As of this morning, Randy Wolf is the newest member of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Surprisingly enough, Arizona is one of the few places the veteran left-hander has not found himself over his lengthy 14-year Major League career.
Wolf spent the spring with the Seattle Mariners, starting five games and throwing 19 innings, before being released from his deal due to the depth of young arms the Mariners possess. Unlike Seattle, Arizona does not have the luxury of throwing away useful left-handed arms. Wolf will report to triple-A Reno and is scheduled to make his first start on Monday.
Over the course of his career, Wolf has always been known as a finesse pitcher. In six separate seasons, he has gone over the 200 innings mark. After starting his career with the Philadelphia Phillies and establishing himself in the league, Wolf became a hot commodity. Starting in 2007 he pitched for the Dodgers, Padres, Astros, Dodgers (again), Brewers and Orioles. The last Major League action he saw was with the Orioles at the conclusion of the 2012 season.
Signing Wolf all but tells Diamondback fans that phenom Archie Bradley is not quite ready yet. Wolf is currently 37 years old and slated to turn 38 amidst the dog days of summer, so his impact may not be long-term. With the way not only Randall Delgado has been struggling as of late, but the taxation of the bullpen as well, Wolf may prove useful in a multitude of roles.
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