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Rangers “unlikely” to sign free agent Roy Oswalt

Feb 2, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

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Roy Oswalt‘s options seem to be dwindling.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told reporters on Wednesday that it’s “unlikely” his team adds a starting pitcher before spring training, and now the Rangers are saying much of the same.

A source explained to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Thursday evening that the Rangers already feel like they have an adequate starting rotation for 2012 and don’t want to move left-hander Matt Harrison to the bullpen to clear room.

The Cardinals might still be alive as a potential landing spot, but Oswalt did not appreciate their initial offer. Picky, picky.

  1. rogerbrad - Feb 2, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    His time was up when we unloaded him in Houston

  2. bouwel92 - Feb 2, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    he needs to come back to houston we need a strong pitcher in our rotation might as well come back to where he started his career

  3. phillyphever - Feb 2, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    That’s what happens when someone takes too long to make a decision. Hey Roy, bet you wished you took the Tigers offer after all huh?

    • paperlions - Feb 2, 2012 at 11:13 PM

      Not being able to get what you want still doesn’t make you want what you don’t want.

      • Utley's Hair - Feb 3, 2012 at 1:26 AM

        Your comment makes my head hurt, but I think I agree. But it’s paperlions, so the jury’s still out. :P

  4. phillyphever - Feb 2, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Well right now, no one wants him. So unless he swallows what’s left of his pride and accepts a reasonable deal, he might as well retire.

    • Utley's Hair - Feb 3, 2012 at 1:25 AM

      There’s quite the fine line between want and need, and there’s no reason for him to “swallow what’s left of his pride.” Based on his past comments, all along, his retirement has been an option for him. If he doesn’t find the situation that he feels is right for him, then he could very well ride that tractor into the sunset.

      As I said before, I’d welcome him back into the pinstripes. Take your time Roy, and don’t forget about us.

    • phillyphreak - Feb 3, 2012 at 6:33 AM

      Agree with Utley’s Hair here. I don’t think he has any “need” to play still. He probably wants to play but won’t just go anywhere. He seems content to retire.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 3, 2012 at 6:47 AM

        He did turn down an offer from the Tigers, because he did not want to pitch there. He has made a lot of money and if he does not get an offer that appeals to him, retirement is a viable option.

  5. pxeeks - Feb 2, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Come back to the Phillies. It’s the wisest choice!! The team has Championship pieces spread throughout. This is the year Philly will have a parade down Broad Street!

    • Utley's Hair - Feb 3, 2012 at 1:27 AM

      From your keyboard to NinJr.’s ears.

  6. contraryguy - Feb 3, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Just keep him out of the NL Central.

    Signed, Reds fans.

  7. Old Gator - Feb 3, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    If he holds out and bides his time, he’ll get a deal. It just kills me to think that the Feesh might have had him if they hadn’t caved to Slobbering Ozzie’s desire for Krazy Karlos Lamebraino.

    • Utley's Hair - Feb 3, 2012 at 1:28 AM

      Kinda makes you wonder why you were such a proponent for bringing Ozzie down to Macondo, doesn’t it, Gator? Oh…wait….

    • unclemosesgreen - Feb 3, 2012 at 6:30 AM

      I wish he would come to Boston, that’s who really needs him. Unfortunately, he hates Boston. There’s no hunting, there’s gay marriage, and he doesn’t get to swing a bat.

      John Henry should buy (another?) island somewhere and let Roy Oswalt hunt “The Most Dangerous Game.”

      And that would be the Borg, or course.

      • Old Gator - Feb 3, 2012 at 7:39 AM

        What a battery – Zaroff and Rainsford.

  8. andyreidisfat - Feb 3, 2012 at 6:29 AM

    I have been saying all season he would end up back in Philly at about 7-9 mill.

  9. plowe70 - Feb 3, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    Roy is going to land on his feet and get a nice deal. There is plenty of teams that could use ano allstar caliber sp. Perhaps when the dodgers ownership issue gets resolved they will make an offer.

  10. rooney24 - Feb 3, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Sounds like Roy is a little higher on himself than all of the teams that might want him. While he might still sign a decent deal, I think he wants to pitch for a contender. A lot of contenders have either set their rotations or have spent most of their money already. I think he is going to have the make the classic choice of contender for cheap or lesser team for possibly more cash. What are your priorities, Roy?

  11. Jonny 5 - Feb 3, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    You all know this is EFFING KILLING Amaro right now. He’s probably losing sleep, drinking heavily, smoking, and basically going crazy over this fiasco right now. I bet he’s on the Phone with David Montgomery right now as a matter of fact….

  12. leftywildcat - Feb 3, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Come back to Philly, Roy, where you are much appreciated by the fans. Doesn’t your best shot at the post-season come from being a part of the best rotation in baseball?

  13. stex52 - Feb 3, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Phillie he would probably at least be at home. St. Louis is, I think, a pretty good fit. Houston is for dreamers who want to trade him again in July.

    But it starts to look like he just might walk. Too many see this arrogance. I respect a man who knows he is rich and is in a position to negotiate for what he wants. You don’t see that enough.

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