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Roy Oswalt wants a three-year contract

Dec 6, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

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Bill Ladson of MLB.com hears that Roy Oswalt is looking for a three-year contract. And after Bruce Chen, Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang have all received two-year deals this offseason, some team might be willing to go there.

Of course, the major concern with Oswalt is his degenerative back condition. While the 34-year-old right-hander had a respectable 3.69 ERA and 93/33 K/BB ratio over 139 innings this season, was he limited to just 23 starts and the velocity on his fastball (91.4 mph) was a career low.

Oswalt is a major risk on a multi-year contract, but teams like the Nationals, Red Sox or Yankees might be willing to take the gamble. The market has been pretty slow on him until this point, but things should clear up once C.J. Wilson and Mark Buehrle are off the board.

  1. billymc75 - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Get him Rangers!!!

  2. uyf1950 - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    I doubt the Yankees would be interested in him at 3 years. For 2 years I think they would take a chance on his back, but not 3 years.

    • bozosforall - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:38 PM

      Yanks may well go for it and just eat the last year if he breaks down. Can’t be any worse than the cost vs. production that they got for the idiot Pavano.

  3. bozosforall - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    The Red Sux will give him a big deal. They are desperately trying to buy yet another title…and failing miserably.

    • JBerardi - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:03 PM

      Yes, I agree that the Red Sox team you’ve imagined for yourself is in quite a bit of trouble.

      • bozosforall - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:37 PM

        Imagined for myself? They are getting older, don’t have a ton of prospects in the pipeline and the pitching staff has grossly underachieved as opposed to the overhyped status that they had in spring training. But yeah, keep on fooling yourself about your team, homer.

  4. vanmorrissey - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    2 Years, $7-8 mill/yr, 3rd yr option at 9, $2 million mutual buyout, no more than that with his history.

  5. xmatt0926x - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    I’ve watched him the last 2 seasons with the Phils and I wouldn’t give him 3 years. He was awesome for the 2nd half of ’10 when he came from the Astros but there was a definite regression last season. He’s solid at best and nowhere near a top of the roatation guy for a contending team.

  6. hammyofdoom - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Eeeeh 1 or 2 years is all I can see for him, with as said before an option for a 3rd year. Seriously, hes in his mid-30s, coming off an injury shortened year with a degenerative problem, no one will give him that. Cant blame him for aiming high though, if he aims low he has nowhere to negotiate. If he goes “You know what, gimme one year” I highly doubt people will be clamoring to give him a two year deal

  7. mojosmagic - Dec 6, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    Texas makes sense if they can get him on a 2 year deal.

    • stex52 - Dec 6, 2011 at 9:44 PM

      He probably won’t give you more innings than a #3 pitcher anymore, but I imagine they will be quality for a year or two. He’s a bulldog.

  8. cup0pizza - Dec 6, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    No doubt Colletti would offer this guy a 5 year deal. Stay patient, Roy.

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