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Roy Oswalt is working out at Mississippi State University and hoping to join a contender soon

Mar 20, 2013, 10:52 PM EDT

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Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reports that free agent right-hander Roy Oswalt is working out at Mississippi State University and aiming to catch on with a new team at some point in the near future.

Oswalt’s agent, Bob Garber of RMG Baseball, told Dierkes that Oswalt isn’t worried about geography like he was last year — when he would only accept offers from the Rangers and Cardinals. But Oswalt does want to pitch for a contender and is open to working as a reliever if it’s an attractive situation.

Oswalt posted a 5.80 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 59 innings (nine starts, eight relief appearances) last season for Texas. Teams haven’t exactly been lining up for the 35-year-old this winter, but maybe he’ll get a call as Opening Day approaches from an organization in desperate need of last-minute pitching depth.

Garber told Dierkes that returning to the Astros is something Oswalt wants to do before he retires.

  1. tfoz5150 - Mar 20, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    it’s nice to hope. Unfortunately for him I think his better days left him about 2.5 years ago

  2. billgatesbarber - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Time to put that tractor to use.

  3. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Always sad to see a guy who can’t accept the fact that he’s done.

    • gilbert718 - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:55 AM

      Hes only 35.
      he had the only bad year of his career last year in which he pitched 59 frames,
      and hes three years removed from being from being DOMINANT.

      Hes not done.

      • paperlions - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:43 AM

        And? A lot of guys go from being dominant to useless in < 3 years. The biggest issues are health and age….contrary to popular believe, 35 is old for a baseball player.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Mar 21, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        He’s done.

    • GoneYickitty - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      From a physical standpoint, I think it’s still possible that he would be able to contribute on a contending team if he accepted his realistic role and worked his ass off. The problem is that he’s proven to be a prima dona detached from the reality that he’s nowhere near a star now and really wouldn’t be more than one of the last guys out of the bullpen for any good staff. I just can’t imagine too many teams lining up for a guy with such little up-side who was such an ass in Texas.

  4. aklolzer - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Brett favre?

  5. beefytrout - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    He was never the same last year after the lightning scared the bejeezus out of him and everyone else.

  6. coolhandluke19 - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Saint Paul Saints could probably use him??

  7. tuberippin - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Can’t have it both ways, Oswalt. Either you want to re-join the Astros, or you want to play for a contender. I doubt he’ll be around long enough to do both considering the cliff his pitches fell off of about two years ago.

  8. alexo0 - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:22 AM

    Hey Oswalt. TLC called. They want their reality back.

  9. hgfrombc2 - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:25 AM

    The only chance he has of joining a contender is if said contender no longer wants to be a contender.

    • pauleee - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      Enter LAA – Stage Left.

  10. Bob - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    “Can’t have it both ways, Oswalt. Either you want to re-join the Astros, or you want to play for a contender. I doubt he’ll be around long enough to do both considering the cliff his pitches fell off of about two years ago.”

    This Astros fan would prefer he not re-join them. He whined like a baby for at least the last three seasons he was in Houston, and pretty much quit on the team. Stay home and retire already.

    • tuberippin - Mar 21, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      To be fair, I do recall the old Astros management group dangling Oswalt in trade talks during the trade deadline for a few years; I can specifically recall the Mets being on the verge of acquiring Oswalt in 2006, but the Mets didn’t want to give up Lastings Milledge.

      That said, yes, Oswalt has really become a petulant child about his pitching in recent years.

  11. jwbiii - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    He might be better than Chris Seddon and the SK Wyverns are contenders.

  12. bleedgreen - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    I’d MAYBE consider him in Philly, but that depends on Roy Halladay’s status. But he’s be a middle reliever until he proves that he can start again.

  13. professormaddog31 - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Roy, dude, you might be 35 but your back is 75. You can’t hack a starting role anymore. Middle relief is the best you could do, and you squawked about filling that role in Texas, which would have actually been a good move for you.

    Just ride off into the sunset on your bushhog and go turkey hunting with Andy Pettitte again.

  14. jquaste - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    35 certainly isn’t over the hill for a starting pitcher. I can reel off over a dozen pitchers that pitched great into their late 30’s. The key is HEALTH….which Roy Oswalt does not have! He has a chronic back problem that’s not going to go away.

  15. cardiovascularendurance - Mar 21, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    The Phillies can still use him. They could afford to get a bit younger…

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