Ed Wade, Philadelphia Phillies Back Together

The Philadelphia Phillies hired Ed Wade as a special assistant.

The Houston Astros fired former general manager Ed Wade because of esoteric reasons, such as "not acquiring good players at the major- and minor-league levels" and "losing a lot of games." But it's worth remembering that he helped build the foundation for the current Philadelphia Phillies team. The Phillies sure remembered him, as they hired him as a special consultant to their baseball operations office. From the Houston Chronicle:

He will be a professional scout, both at the major league and minor league levels seeing clubs within and outside the system, and assist in arbitration.

No, he isn't going to suggest Carlos Lee for left field. Though that Domonic Brown fella sure is unproven. Hrmm, wonder if the Astros would just do a straight-up swap ...

Wade also made light of his trading history with the Phillies during his reign as Astros GM.

"I’m prepared for the remarks that I only traded with the Phillies so Ruben would give me a job if I got fired."

Wade traded away Hunter Pence, Roy Oswalt, and Brad Lidge to the Phillies while he was with the Astros. When he was with the Phillies, he traded for Billy Wagner, starting the Astros' tradition of sending their star players to Philadelphia.

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