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Roy Oswalt is now “looking for the biggest payday”

May 27, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

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FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal received an update Sunday from an executive of a team with ongoing interest in free agent right-hander Roy Oswalt:

“I’m not sure it’s the same price for everyone, but I think he is looking for the biggest payday,” said the exec. “In the winter, proximity to home (in Weir, Mississippi) was most important. Now, it seems like it’s dollars.”

Oswalt was hoping to sign with either the Rangers or Cardinals this past offseason, but neither team made an offer to his liking.

And he’s now apparently looking to cash in without a real concern over where he lands. The Phillies, Rangers and Red Sox have worked him out recently, and the Dodgers, Brewers and Orioles have also been linked.

Oswalt, 34, posted a 3.69 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 93/33 K/BB ratio in 139 innings last year for Philadelphia.

  1. aceshigh11 - May 27, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Well, at least he’s honest.

    Looks like the Phillies might give him a call if Doc has any substantial injury.

    • jimw81 - May 27, 2012 at 8:39 PM

      He will be in philly by end of the week

      • paperlions - May 27, 2012 at 8:56 PM

        I don’t think Philly has a lot of money to spend….and this team isn’t a Roy Oswalt away from contending….so going above budget to add him would be pretty stupid.

  2. Gonzo - May 27, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    This guy is a pain in the ass.

  3. florida76 - May 27, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    This report, if true, is indicative of the type of attitude we’ve seen in baseball since salaries spiraled out of control since the 1990s. Other veteran players who haven’t won a World Series have passed on the opportunity to play for a contender or prefer a certain location. It’s sad, but not surprising in MLB. You would think Oswalt would take slightly less to play for a contender, like countless other players in other sports.

    • Gonzo - May 27, 2012 at 7:36 PM

      Players have bitched about salaries since the beginning of time. But they couldn’t do anything about it until the reserve clause was overturned in the 1970s.

      And what do you mean by “since salaries spiraled out of control since the 1990s”? What is out of control? The 1990s is when the big TV deals were signed. The money is there. If the players arent getting it, the owners keep it.

      • aceshigh11 - May 27, 2012 at 8:01 PM

        I tend to agree with your assessment.

        The players ARE the ones doing the work on the field and attracting fans, after all. It’s not like the owners are crying poverty.

        However, I do think the situation is a bit too tilted towards the players these days, at least in terms of these absurdly long, guaranteed contracts.

        They’re proving to be busts more often than not, at least from a long-term productivity standpoint.

        Paying a 42 year-old player $30 million (the way that Pujols and A-Rod will be paid) is insane.

      • Gonzo - May 27, 2012 at 8:52 PM

        I agree with you as well. They may not be worth the money at the end of the contract, but the money is there. The owners are paying the players because they can afford it.

      • aceshigh11 - May 27, 2012 at 10:14 PM

        I think people forget how badly players used to get ripped off in comparison to how much money owners had before the 1970s, as you said.

        Today’s contracts might provide some measure of correction for all those decades.

        I actually don’t think it’s THAT crazy to pay a player that’s in the prime of his career $20-30 million…it’s these massive 7-10 year deals that make no sense, but that’s just me.

    • pbannard - May 27, 2012 at 7:40 PM

      Logically, the only teams that are going to spend several million dollars at this point in the season are contenders. And if we’ve learned anything about the baseball playoffs in the wild card era, it’s that anyone who gets in can win it all. Oswalt was on the winningest team in baseball last year, and they didn’t make the second round. Every team on that list has a viable shot at the playoffs, given the extra wild card (and the extra pitching depth that Oswalt would provide). So why not take the biggest contract?

  4. billymc75 - May 27, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Rangers need Wandy Rodriguez not this guy, Cruz and Harrison great trade bait.

    • beefytrout - May 27, 2012 at 8:38 PM

      Wandy R. would be a great fit, but the Rangers won’t give up Harrison or Cruz for him.

  5. hiltonandastoria - May 27, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Can’t see him getting more than the 1 year 10 million offer the Tigers made a few months ago

  6. dawglb - May 27, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    He won’t give Philly the time of day…. He is going to stick it to them, I feel sure.

    • micker716 - May 27, 2012 at 8:52 PM

      You’re missing the point. $.

  7. xjokerz - May 27, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Over – rated old trash , I hope the tigers stay far away

  8. byjiminy - May 28, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    This doesn’t seem selfish or even inconsistent to me. In the off-season, Oswalt prioritized working near home. Now, the season is almost half over. The teams near his home have turned him down. His first choice is just not available. He’s just a four-month rent a player anyway. What are his options now besides opening it up to whichever team wants him most? I don’t get the animosity.

    Not only that, he never actually said he’s going for the most money. Neither did his agent. An anonymous team executive said it — and even then, he only said it “seems like” it’s the dollars.

    Talk about a Rorschach test of a total non-story.

  9. laeaglefan - May 28, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Isn’t it ironic that the Phillies, with one of the biggest payrolls in baseball, don’t have a few million to spend for a pitcher who only a year ago was considered one of their “aces”. Meanwhile, they’re frittering away mega millions on Utley and Howard, neither of whom have contributed at all this year. Oh, the irony of it all.

  10. andybugelli - May 28, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Hope the Jays get him simply because it’s not my money. A one year deal worth whatever to try and help us get a postseason birth is fine by me.

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