UPDATE, 10:07 am: Here is the press release from the Phillies:
Former major league general manager Ed Wade has re-joined the Phillies as a special consultant to the Baseball Operations department, the club announced today.
Wade, 55, served as general manager for parts of 13 years for both the Phillies (1998-2005) and the Houston Astros (2007-11), where his teams combined for a record of 942-1,010 (.483). In his final five seasons as Phillies GM, the team went 426-383 (.527), the sixth-best record in the National League in that span, ahead of teams such as the Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Colorado Rockies and Cincinnati Reds, among others.
During his time as GM in Philadelphia, Wade acquired players such as Jim Thome, Shane Victorino and Billy Wagner through free agency, the Rule 5 draft and trade, respectively, while the June amateur drafts under him produced Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Pat Burrell, Cole Hamels, Ryan Madson and Brett Myers, all of whom were contributors on the 2008 World Series championship team.
“Ed had a very positive impact on the success we had in 2008 and his experience and knowledge will be a solid addition to what I feel is as good a baseball operations staff as there is in the game,” said Amaro.
In his new role with the Phillies, Wade will assist in salary arbitration consultation, while also scouting at both the major and minor league levels.
According to MLB.com, Ed Wade will rejoin the Phillies as a Special Assistant after being fired in by the Astros in late November. Wade was the Phillies General Manager from 1998-2005 and had his hand in drafting a number of Phillies stars that are still on the team to this day.
Wade, however, was not able to provide the same type of leadership in Houston during his tenure there. As the GM of the Astros starting in September 2007, his club finished under-.500 in three of his four seasons. Last year was forgettable, as the team managed to go just 56-106; the worst record in baseball.
He’ll return to his old stomping grounds in Philadelphia, where he helped bring Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, Kyle Kendrick, and Vance Worley in through the draft. Wade also selected Pat Burrell, Ryan Madson, Marlon Byrd and other former Phillies.
While Wade never truly gets full credit because the Phillies won under Pat Gillick, many of his selections were at the forefront of the Phillies 2008 World Series championship.