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Report: The Angels are the frontrunner to sign Roy Oswalt

Mar 24, 2012, 12:24 PM EST

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We’ve seen renewed speculation over the past 24 hours that the Cardinals could make a run at Roy Oswalt now that Chris Carpenter is sidelined indefinitely due to nerve irritation in his shoulder. While that may still happen, it appears that a surprise team has entered the mix.

Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM reported in the wee small hours of the morning that the Angels have “suddenly” emerged as the frontrunner for Oswalt’s services. He adds that the Red Sox are still in the picture while the Cardinals and Rangers have faded as possible landing spots.

The assumption all winter was that Oswalt preferred to pitch for St. Louis or Texas in order to be closer to his home in Mississippi, but it appears that he’s willing to broaden his scope with a midseason return in mind. As ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick recently noted, Oswalt’s kids will done with school in June, so he could bring his family with him wherever he goes.

The Angels have Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, C.J. Wilson and Ervin Santana leading their rotation, but they don’t have much in the way of quality depth beyond that. Jerome Williams entered spring training as the favorite for the fifth starter gig, but he is working his way back from a hamstring injury. Other possibilities include Garrett Richards, Trevor Bell, Brad Mills and Eric Hurley.

  1. watermelon1 - Mar 24, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Please go to the angels. That would be an awesome rotation!

    • cintiphil - Mar 24, 2012 at 5:25 PM

      IF HE STAYS HEALTHY!

  2. cinfante54 - Mar 24, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    That’s not even fair

  3. amaninwhite - Mar 24, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    I prefer the headline “Angels to sign frontrunning Oswalt”.

    Not that I really blame him though.

  4. Old Gator - Mar 24, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    If Oswalt signed with the Angels, Texas would deserve it.

  5. makeham98 - Mar 24, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Signing Oswalt is like flushing money down the drain. He takes summers off.

  6. cup0pizza - Mar 24, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    At this point, Oswalt’s pretty useless. Doubt he’ll add much to any rotation.

    • paperlions - Mar 24, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      Congrats on paying absolutely no attention to baseball or bothering to verify facts before posting. Well done.

      • Old Gator - Mar 24, 2012 at 5:25 PM

        Did he say that Oswalt was useless?

        Guffaw.

    • spudchukar - Mar 24, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      Just when I think you cannot make a more inane comment, I am corrected

    • stex52 - Mar 24, 2012 at 9:29 PM

      Allow me to pile on. Where do you draw that conclusion from?

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 24, 2012 at 11:33 PM

      You make it too easy—like shooting fish in a barrel.

  7. areyesrn - Mar 24, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Hope he doesn’t go back to Mississippi again during the season and mess up his back saving hurricane victims or whatever he did

  8. zackd2 - Mar 24, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Hope someone tells Abreu that they have a new DH named Oswalt just to see his reaction

    • xmatt0926x - Mar 24, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      Love it Zack, especially since I have always felt Abreu was a “me first” guy, which I think he is verifying these days with his rediculous complaints about playing time this late in his career and coming off a very poor season. When he was with the Phillies he wasn’t exactly a quote machine but when he did speak it was obvious his own numbers were always first on his mind.

  9. cintiphil - Mar 24, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    I might like to see Cinti get involved in here, now that they need another guy, but then again, Oswalt has had many injury issues in the recent past, and with the Reds luck he is just one pitch away from a back problem or another elbow injury like Madson.

  10. jawnn - Mar 24, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    sweet… halos 5th starter does not need to go 200 innings… pitch once a week rest that back and watch the show.

  11. ddmcd1974 - Mar 25, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    If he wants anything more than 2 mil it’s a waste. I’m with the other guy oz is not worth it. Hold down the fort then make a trade around the deadline for a hot pitcher.

  12. thinman61 - Mar 25, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Jerry Dipoto says the Angels aren’t in pursuit of Oswalt. But if im Bowden says so I guess it must be true.

  13. thinman61 - Mar 25, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Jerry Dipoto says the Angels aren’t in pursuit of Oswalt. But if Bowden says so I guess it must be true.

  14. bosoxfan1950 - Mar 26, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Well, now.That makes perfect sense to me. L.A. is so much closer to his home in the woods than Boston is.
    What an arsehole.
    Good fit, though. The Angels and Oswalt deserve each other.

  15. drbristol - Apr 1, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    I’m guessing the dolt’s comment about Oswalt being useless was an April Fools joke. Looks like he was wrong about the date, too.

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