With Jose Fernandez likely missing the rest of the season, the Miami Marlins signed Randy Wolf to take over his rotation spot on Wednesday.
Fernandez is still weighing his options but Tommy John surgery remains the recommended and most likely course. That will keep the ace off the field for at least the next 12 months. Nobody can replace what he brings to the team but an arm is needed every five days regardless.
Wolf had been pitching in AAA for the Arizona Diamondbacks and had been doing a decent job thus far on the year. The veteran opted to exercise an out clause in his contract that allowed him to sign a major league deal. His contract with the Marlins is for the remainder of the year and he should see his first start next week.
The 37-year old has pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore Orioles during his 14-year career. Overall Wolf has a respectable 4.20 E.R.A in his career and has averaged over 200 IP per season. That is something that the Marlins were likely seeking as they need a starter who can give the bullpen a rest every once in a while.
Wolf also brings veteran leadership and playoff experience to the locker room which continues to be two items that the Marlins actively look for. A young roster can turn to guys like Wolf and they often bring more to the table than just balls and strikes.
Anthony DeSclafani will pitch on Wednesday for the Marlins, and then likely be optioned back to the minor leagues with Wolf taking over the spot the next time it comes up in the rotation.