Former Reds and Nationals general manager Jim Bowden, who currently works for ESPN and MLB Network Radio as a baseball analyst, said on his radio show today if the Phillies choose to fire general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. following this season they could look to Ed Wade to replace him (via Mitch Rupert).
My first reaction to this was "NOOOOOOOO." But then I thought, "well, as long as he isn't the long-term solution, this might not be so bad." Wade was wise with his farm system while with the Phillies while turning over the Phillies roster to the "new" core that eventually led them to a World Championship in 2008. He had strong drafts under his watch (Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Cole Hamels) which certainly helped.
Now, Wade certainly had his faults and he seemed to be able to turn the Phillies around to an 85-88 win team but couldn't get them much beyond that point. When Wade was relieved of his duties in Philadelphia, he left new general manager Pat Gillick with some young pieces and a decent farm system to work with. Simply put, the Phillies were in good shape moving forward.
Wade, who then went on to become the Houston Astros general manager, also left the Astros with a strong farm system, thanks in large part to high draft picks. But let's not forget it was Wade who fleeced the Phillies out of Jonathan Singleton, Jarred Cosart, Josh Zeid and Domingo Santana for 367 days of Hunter Pence and nothing to show for it. Now Singleton and Cosart are playing for the Astros (who have a better record than the Phillies) with Zeid and Santana in Triple-A. Not too shabby.
I'm not saying I would petition for Wade to return as general manager but I am saying that if he's on a two-three year leash, I might not be opposed.
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