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Red Sox, Cardinals again “reaching out” to Roy Oswalt

Apr 22, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

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FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday in the first part of his weekly “Full Count” video that the Red Sox and Cardinals are among the teams with renewed interest in free agent Roy Oswalt.

The 34-year-old righty has been throwing regular bullpen sessions in anticipation of joining a team at some point this summer. Whether he’s ready to sign now or wants to continue waiting remains to be seen, and probably depends largely on the size of the contract offers he’s currently receiving.

Boston’s need is obvious given the team’s troubling 4-10 record and last-ranked 6.68 staff ERA.

And with Chris Carpenter still out indefinitely, the Cardinals also make sense as a landing spot.

Oswalt registered a 3.69 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 93/33 K/BB ratio in 139 innings last season for the Phillies.

  1. Utley's Hair - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    NinJr.: Hi, Roy. Howya been?

    • paperlions - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      Roy has a career 129 wOBA and a -10 wRC+…..I don’t think he’ll be much help.

      • phillyphreak - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:13 PM

        Have you seen the Phillies line up lately? That line is at least a push…

      • ike73 - Apr 22, 2012 at 2:01 PM


  2. creek0512 - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Oswalt would have to be crazy to join that toxic clubhouse in Boston. Cardinals make much more sense if he wants to win, they are the much more talented team and there would be very little pressure in Oswalt in St. Louis. Cards also already have his former teammates Berkman and Beltran.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 22, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      Maybe he could make his signing with them contingent on Bobby V’s firing?

    • cardsman - Apr 23, 2012 at 7:37 PM

      where would we put him?

  3. mianfr - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    I think the whole purpose of Oswalt doing this was so that he could join a good team and compete for a championship, not drive up his price and jump on board a third place team.

  4. randygnyc - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    I hope he abuses the sox in negotiations and then signs with the cards. No one should ever willingly want to join the titanic, AFTER it starts sinking.

  5. uyf1950 - Apr 22, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    If he decides to come back sooner rather than later it stands to reason the Cardinals would be his choice over the Red Sox. Since he preferred the Cardinals from the beginning. Money wise there probably wouldn’t be a whole lot of difference between what the 2 teams would offer him.

  6. deathmonkey41 - Apr 22, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Yeah, can’t see him wanting to join that mess in Boston. Especially with the fans turning on Bobby V already.

  7. dashortstop517 - Apr 22, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Now im a Redsox fan, and i realize just how bad their pitching is. Roy Oswalt could really affect this teams rotation

  8. spudchukar - Apr 22, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    With Wainwright struggling to regain his former self, and Carpenter’s return unknown, the addition of Oswalt would be welcome. Sure Lynn, Westbrook, Garcia and especially Lohse have all been very good, but a proven ace whose only liability is a quirky back, certainly would provide some assurance.

  9. makeham98 - Apr 22, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    If welcome means joining them on the disabled list, yeah, he’d be really welcome on the Cards.

    • spudchukar - Apr 22, 2012 at 6:07 PM

      Hey MakeHam, maybe you ought to spend less time producing pork, and more time learning the truth about Baseball players. Snarky, meaningless, inane, and unfounded blitherings like the one above should not go without reprimand.

      Here are Oswalts career stats: The second number is the times he took the ball. Asterisk for League leader.

      You could not have picked a more unworthy candidate, for you sorry criticism. And I guarantee you he has pitched on some days when few others would.

      • makeham98 - Apr 22, 2012 at 6:43 PM

        Real insight Mr. Potato Head, stats from 10 years ago are really relevant.

        Oswalt is gutless and injury prone. Wow, he led the league in starts 8 years ago. Really significant now.

        He showed last year that he is both shot physically and has no heart. A bad teammate with a bad back.

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 22, 2012 at 6:45 PM

        Hey hambone, as I said below, putting family first does not equate to a lack of heart.

      • deathmonkey41 - Apr 22, 2012 at 8:19 PM

        I have disc problems in my back and it’s a problem that never really goes away. Baseball movements certainly do not help it. I had to quit playing softball because it was too much.

      • spudchukar - Apr 22, 2012 at 8:58 PM

        If the stats I presented only went back ten years ago, then maybe your argument wouldn’t appear so obviously thick-headed. But you only have to go back to 2010, where Oswalt once again was among the league leaders in starts.

        Much like Yankee fans bashing of Berkman for a lackluster 2010 year, where he was regaining strength from serious knee surgery, the “throw the bum out” philosophy because a gutsy, consummate pro has an off year due to a combination of back problems and family devastation, you and your sorry psyche finds it proper to condemn him cause his performance wasn’t what you had hoped, damned be any rational explanation.

  10. djm426 - Apr 22, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Oswalt Is 34 going on 60. No heart,as a Phil’s fan I couldn’t wait till the phillies were done with him

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 22, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      You’re out of your mind. No heart? Care to expound on that? And don’t give me that “he left the team last season” rebop—he put his family first, which any one of us would do. Well, maybe not you, but any rational person. He pitched through back pain.

      • makeham98 - Apr 22, 2012 at 6:44 PM

        He didn’t put his family first, he put his wallet first. He cleared his property instead of returning to the team and paying someone else to do it.

        No heart.

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 22, 2012 at 6:49 PM

        He went to make sure his family was okay while there was a rash of tornadoes constantly churning through the area. Clearing crap from his property reduced stuff to be picked up and thrown around. By the way, there are times that just being with family is enough.

      • paperlions - Apr 22, 2012 at 7:32 PM

        Phillie Phans can be pretty phucking annoying, can’t they?

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 22, 2012 at 9:42 PM

        Yes they can. But so can fans of 29 other teams, especially a few who frequent HBT.

      • spudchukar - Apr 22, 2012 at 10:27 PM

        Actually I thank God for the likes of Utley and Jonny 5, otherwise my estimation of Phillie Phans wouldn’t carry any bias.

    • deathmonkey41 - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:30 AM

      Utley’s Hair – Apr 22, 2012 at 6:49 PM
      He went to make sure his family was okay while there was a rash of tornadoes constantly churning through the area. Clearing crap from his property reduced stuff to be picked up and thrown around. By the way, there are times that just being with family is enough.

      Don’t forget that he had to make sure the property was clear of Flying Monkeys also. They’ve been known to follow tornados…especially when someone is searching for a heart.

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:16 AM

        Not to mention the one looking for a brain.

  11. westcoastredbird - Apr 22, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    The squirrel at Busch stadium says no freakin way we want that little banny rooster struckin around here.

  12. pisano - Apr 22, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    If the man has half a brain he’ll sign with the Cards, only a career drunk like Lackey would pick Boston over the Cardinals, not that the Cards ever offered Lackey a contract.

  13. leftywildcat - Apr 22, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    With Lee on the DL, and Blanton struggling, isn’t Philly a possibility?

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 22, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      Not if makeham98 or djm426 are making the decisions, since putting family first means you have no heart.

  14. makeham98 - Apr 23, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Comparing Oswalt to Berkman is flat out stupid. Beyond the DL, that is.

    No one here said anything about Berkman. Keep up the irrelevancy. And the mythology that Oswalt isn’t gutless.

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      Comparing Oswalt to Berkman is relevant. The comparison is that Berkman’s anomalous 2010 season was impacted by injury—not to mention the change in locale from Houston to New York. Oswalt’s 2011 season was anomalous due to injury. So yes, they are comparable.

      I sure hope your family never needs anything more than the bare minimum out of you. ‘Cause, ya know, if you drop everything less important to you to help them, that might mean you have no heart—or maybe brain.

  15. rico7207 - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    He already told St. Louis he will be joining them when the kids are done school and not earlier as long as they are winning, but sooner if in trouble. He also said he wants nothing to do with the soap opera in Boston because he does not like to play with players who are me me me players who show no respect for their managers. Very surprised BR does not know this since he told many pals already.

    • cardzfan - Apr 23, 2012 at 9:19 PM

      Cards are crazy if they even consider Oswalt, especially now.

  16. bobbyvsunkmybattleship - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Who in their right mind would sign on to this circus? I said the day Bobby was announced this would be the worst Sox team in memory, now its gonna be the worst in my lifetime (b ’73). Good thing I bought booze & tums in bulk.

  17. makeham98 - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    The gutless Oswalt will be on the DL sooner than later. Time away from family is part of the deal for any major leaguer. If the Cards are desperate enough to sign him, they will get what they deserve – regrets.

    No one questioned Berkman’s work ethic. That comparison is completely irrelevant. The Cards hardly broke the bank in signing him. Because they thought he was a health risk like other teams did.

    • stex52 - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:22 PM

      Where does this “gutless” come from? If you didn’t like how 2011 panned out for him, you might have a case. But if you think he’s gutless, you don’t know much about him at all.

      And yes, it is very much like the talk that was swirling around Berkman early last year.

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 23, 2012 at 4:46 PM

      You and your buddy up yonder are the only ones calling into question Oswalt’s work ethic. Did the man kick your puppy or something?

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 23, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      Oh, I also like how you keep clicking the thumbs up button on your own comments, as well as replying with a new comment so you increase your chances of having the las word. Rock on, man!!!

  18. cardzfan - Apr 23, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    I’d like to know who from the Cardinals said they are reaching out. This makes no sense and you have to question the validity of this story. Of all the needs the Cards may have, a starting pitcher does not make the top 5 right now. And with the talent within I don’t think they need to do any shopping right now unless it’s an upgrade. Oswalt is not an upgrade to any of the current starting 5. The way Lynn is pitching the Cards can give Carp ample time to get back on the mound. Waino needs to keep pitching to get his groove back. So where would they put Oswalt? No place for him.

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