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The Dodgers have made an offer to Roy Oswalt

May 28, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

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The market for free agent right-hander Roy Oswalt is beginning to heat up.

According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, the Dodgers have made an offer to Oswalt. The specific terms of the offer aren’t yet known, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported yesterday that the Dodgers checked in on Oswalt and considered his asking price — a pro-rated $7.5 million — to be “excessive.”

The Rangers are believed to be Oswalt’s preferred destination, but Rosenthal was told that he is looking for “the biggest payday.” This is quite a contrast to the offseason, where proximity to his home state of Mississippi was of greater importance. That’s presumably less of a concern now that he’ll only be playing half a season.

Oswalt recently threw for the Phillies, Rangers and Red Sox while the Brewers and Orioles have also been mentioned as possibilities. Upon signing a contract, he’ll likely need around a month before he’s major-league ready.

On a related note, the Dodgers placed Ted Lilly on the disabled list earlier this evening with left shoulder inflammation.

UPDATE: Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Dodgers made their offer a while ago and that the two sides were very far apart. He pegs the Rangers as the favorites.

  1. xmatt0926x - May 28, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Hey Roy. Want that ring? Stop asking for the moon. You’re 70% of what you used to be. Instead, go beg the Rangers to pay you a million bucks to ride the wave to the World Series. They are no guaranteed winner but another starter appears to be the only missing piece, if they even have a missing piece. This is coming from a Phillies fan.

  2. mlblippy - May 28, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Reblogged this on mlblippy and commented:
    He’d be a fool not to join the best team in baseball considering he hasn’t had any other offers.

  3. jaysfan64 - May 28, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Guess he’s Roy O$walt now…

  4. 15cool - May 29, 2012 at 7:19 AM

    What about kemp
    When is he coming back

  5. 15cool - May 29, 2012 at 7:22 AM

    Not 70% Roy is only half the man he used to be

  6. smallwoodenator - May 29, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Yeah, he needs to get a little more realistic at what he’s worth for a partial season. Did he not save/invest ANY of that money the Phils gave him? Hmmmm….

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