Wade Returns to Phillies as Scout

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, December 20, 2011 09:05 AM | Comments: 17
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Ed Wade is back with the Phillies. (CSN)

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.

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  • Posts: 0 Geoff


    Actually…all kidding aside. He was good at drafting players. It always helps to have additional experienced input.

  • Posts: 0 G. Truth

    Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Worley. Um, good? ya think? lol That is outstanding.
    Wade is a genius.. He is still getting paid for 2 more years from the Stros. 2 incomes, 1 job. I wish we couldve gotten Michael Bourn from him too, but it worked out well. Go get em Ed. Help us find the 3b of the future. Welcome back!

  • Posts: 0 Fred

    Wade drafted all the Phils stars of today, but he was advised by Mike Arbuckle and Arbuckle’s scouting dept, where the true credit lies. Wade knew nothing of player attitude and clubhouse chemsitry, and was borderline at evaluating major league talent. This was evidenced in Houston as well. Wade is still a joke.

    • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

      Bingo… Mike Arbuckle, Marti Wolever, Steve Noworyta and, perhaps, our current GM, Ruben Amaro, Jr. deserve a lot of credit. Those guys all served integral roles as long-time assistants and scouting directors. When Wade was here, there wasn’t a whole lot of wheeling and dealing going on… the scouting department built the team we see today. Granted, he had to finance the deals to get draft picks to sign and he had to make the final decisions on most matters but the team turned the corner and went for it after he left. I don’t think anyone felt comfortable increasing the budget under his supervision. He was more helpful as a Houston GM, sending us players like Oswalt and Pence. That being said, welcome back, Ed. Takes a big man to swallow his pride and return to his ex-employer to work under the guy that once served as HIS assistant.

      • Posts: 0 Don M

        Didn’t Wade trade for the greatest baseball player of all time, according to WAR – Bobby Abreu??

      • Posts: 2919 Chuck A.

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        I believe he did trade for Abreu….so how dare ANYONE put down Mr. Ed Wade!

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    While we know that Arbuckle played a role in personnel… How does anyone know what Wade did or didn’t know of clubhouse chemistry, or that he was borderline at evaluating major league talent?? He’s been two places with no payroll to back him ….. Leave it to Phillies fan to bash a GM that was at the helm when a large part of our WS team was drafted/developed… And leave it to Phillies to be upset with who we hire as a scout

  • Posts: 0 whitey fan

    Ed Wade…when I think of Ed Wade I think of arrogance and mediocrity. I know Dave Montgomery is loyal to his buddies, but this one has no positive returns.

  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    Best of luck to Ed Wade and the Phils. He may make a positive impact. He certainly has a lot of positive contacts in baseball.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    That’s why WAR is a flawed, bogus stat.

  • Posts: 4132 Lefty

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    Did he ever really stop working for the Phillies? Just kidding.

  • Posts: 0 davehist

    Welcome back, Ed. He did a pretty good job for the Phillies when he was here before and hopefully he will be able to contribute in his new position. He didn’t do so well at Houston but without much backing. He did pick up some good young talent like Bourn, Cosart and Singleton.

  • Posts: 0 Bob in Bucks

    Phillies take care of their own. I wish I had worked for them. Class outfit.

  • Posts: 0 George

    In Houston, Wade inherited an organization that had one of the worst farm systems in baseball, no money, and was paying a left fielder, Carlos Lee, about a zillion dollars to play 1st base. No one could have made THAT any better, although Wade knew enough to go for a complete rebuild, trading who he could to acquire cheaper, controllable talent. Thanks to Wade, the Astros now have players like Singleton and Cosart and a few others to build upon.

    You can’t judge him by his short tenure in Houston. You have to look at all the successful drafts under him in Philadelphia. I think hiring him is a good move.

  • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

    maybe he’ll give us some insight on some astros minor leaguers hahahaha

  • Posts: 0 NickFromGermantown

    Bobby Abreu is a great player, but I’m pretty sure he is no where near the top in terms of WAR, for neither Phillies not the MLB.

  • Posts: 0 Woody

    Ed Wade should have never been in such a powerful position as GM. He should be an accountant or a businessman which is what he was trained to do. He never played any baseball ever. What if RAJ decided to go somewhere else, would Montgomery bring back his buddy Wade?

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