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Roy Oswalt isn’t signing with the Rangers or Phillies

Feb 11, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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We’re less than 10 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, yet Roy Oswalt is still looking for a home. We were bombarded with rumors of a potential deal with the Cardinals two weeks ago, but things have been relatively quiet recently.

The general assumption has been that Oswalt would prefer to sign with either the Cardinals or Rangers in order to be closer to Mississippi home and Missouri farmland, but Jayson Stark said yesterday on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight that the veteran right-hander won’t be joining Texas. The Phillies have kept tabs on the situation recently, but Stark also ruled them out as an option.

“He wanted to go to Texas. That’s not gonna happen. He wanted to go back to Philadelphia. That’s not gonna happen. He had some interest in the Reds. That doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen. So his choices still come down to, I think, going to Boston, where they have a clear need but he doesn’t seem to want to play, and going to St. Louis, where all his friends say he would love to be. But to do that, he has to do it on their terms.”

So it’s likely down to the Cardinals or Red Sox. And maybe, just maybe, the Reds, though general manager Walt Jocketty insisted this week that he hasn’t had any contact with the player.

  1. phillyphever - Feb 11, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    JUST MAKE A DECISION ALREADY!!!

    • paperlions - Feb 11, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      Yeah, I hate when people won’t quickly make decisions they might regret just to please strangers. Selfish bastards.

    • jam11163 - Feb 11, 2012 at 3:13 PM

      this isnt brett farve…lol

      • phillyphever - Feb 11, 2012 at 5:07 PM

        Pretty damn close though.

      • HitsDingers - Feb 11, 2012 at 5:34 PM

        If Amaro could give Joe Blanton and that salary away, Oz would be a Phillie 2 hours later.

  2. paperlions - Feb 11, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Come on DeWallet, give the man another $2-3M of the fan’s money (over the reportedly $5M previously offered) and get him signed….worry about dumping a little of Westbrook’s salary or McClellan later.

    • spudchukar - Feb 11, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      As you know I agree completely. I see the squeeze the Cards are putting on Oswalt as short-sighted. Let us say he goes ahead and signs with the Cards for 5.5 mil. If he has a typical season, and wins 16 games do you really believe he won’t try and recoup the cash in his next contract? On one hand the Cards are offering him a deal with the expectations that he puts up numbers as usual but paying him as if he were a run-of-the-mill 4th-5th starter. If they can get him for 8 mil it is still a bargain, and I would prefer a somewhat satisfied hurler, rather than one with a bone to pick.

  3. metalhead65 - Feb 11, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    he has to spend at least a year with the cardnials before he is eligible to sign with the reds under the ex-cardinal rule of jocketty.

    • paperlions - Feb 11, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      I thought a player had to at least be a Cardinal under LaRussa, and preferably have been a Cardinal when Jocketty was the GM….have the Reds signed more recent washed up Cardinals?

      Though, honestly, I greatly appreciate your dedication to this meme. I smile every time; especially in cases where I didn’t see it coming. Thanks for that.

      • metalhead65 - Feb 11, 2012 at 1:16 PM

        did you miss the ludwick signing for 2.5 million? that fits in with the renteria signing, the jim edmonds signing and the rolen signing although in his case they did get 1 good year out him.

      • paperlions - Feb 11, 2012 at 1:21 PM

        Yeah, but ALL of those guys were Cardinals when Walt was there.

  4. greymares - Feb 11, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    secret team: Washington Nationals. will re-join his buddy Brad Lidge.

    • Francisco (FC) - Feb 11, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      Doesn’t make sense since Edwin Jackson already signed a one year deal AND they traded for Gio Gonzalez. If anything they’re looking to dump Lannan on someone.

      • Utley's Hair - Feb 11, 2012 at 1:10 PM

        Just as long as Lannan stays in the NL East—the Phightins own him.

  5. deathmonkey41 - Feb 11, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    He might have overplayed his hand now. I wonder if it’s worth his while to wait even longer and see if any team loses a starting pitcher early and gets desperate?

    • brewcitybummer - Feb 11, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      I don’t normally think its a good strategy for a player to wait for a midseason injury, but at this point I would say Oswalt might as well wait for pitchers and catchers to report. That gives GMs a chance to find out which borderline starters did their off-season training at Old Country Buffet.

    • stex52 - Feb 12, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      Definitelyy overplayed his hand. But he is definitely his own man, to the point of being hard-headed. I respect that in a man who knows he is already rich. But what he will do; I have no idea. Still hope to see him as a Card.

  6. xmatt0926x - Feb 11, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    If he’s not going to get his contract demands anyway and he isn’t going to get his location preference, why not just sit out until July and have your pick of contenders to play the 2nd half of the season with? Then you are only playing half a year in a spot where you may not have wanted to spend the whole summer. You’re also seeing a much clearer picture of who are the most likely championship contenders. Come July and August he will have teams begging him to replace whatever starter has gone down with an injury and he’ll still get the $5 million that teams want to pay him now for the whole season.

    • badmamainphilliesjamas - Feb 11, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      I’ve wondered if that’s been his strategy all along . . . hunt, fish and drive the tractor until July, stay in shape and see who comes calling mid-season.

  7. yazmon - Feb 11, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    He should hurry up and sign with Boston before all the chicken and beer is gone.

  8. djstat - Feb 11, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    GO TO THE ORIOLES. They will over pay.

  9. homelanddefense - Feb 13, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    I dont blame him for not wanting to sign in Boston. If his goal is to sign a 1 year deal and play well to set up a bigger contract next season I dont see the AL East has his best option for pitching well.

  10. foreverchipper10 - Feb 13, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    With Huddy on the DL I would love for ATL to pick up Oswalt as insurance on a one-year deal for the young arms coming up.

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