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Nationals target Roy Oswalt after missing out on Mark Buehrle

Dec 7, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

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The Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore reports that the Nationals have moved on to Roy Oswalt after coming up short in their bid for Mark Buehrle.

A source told Kilgore that the Nationals failed to match the Marlins’ four-year, $58 million bid for Buehrle in either years or salary, suggesting that they were at something closer to $40 million for three years.

That’s a deal Oswalt would be happy with, though it’s unclear whether the Nationals see the two as equals. Oswalt probably offers a bit more upside, but his chronic back woes make him a risky signing. While Buehrle has pitched 200 innings in 11 straight seasons, Oswalt has fallen short of that mark in two of the last three. Last year, he went 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA in 139 innings for the Phillies.

  1. bozosforall - Dec 7, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    He would still be a nice get for the Nats, particularly if they keep Livan Hernandez around to pick up the slack as the spot starter/middle relief/innings eater guy.

  2. jagrbomb18 - Dec 7, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    .69 era huh….and he lost 10 games? Doesn’t anyone proof read anymore

  3. xmatt0926x - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    I thought the Nats were going to be big players this year after the whole ” we signed Werth to show we are serious” fiasco last year. As a Phillies fan I watched Oswalt over the last year and a half and he is still solid, but thats about it. I’m sure he’s better than the Nats 3rd or 4th starter but even if Strasburg comes back healthy I don’t think oswalt makes them a serious player yet in the NL East. It’s a shame what they did last year. I agree with the theory of a previously down franchise having to overpay to start building a rep as a serious team. They unfortunately just picked the wrong guy to overspend on. Now, if they get Fielder then your talking.

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