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Roy Oswalt wants to pitch next season

Nov 18, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT

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Roy Oswalt was hit hard during his time with the Rockies this season, but he isn’t ready to call it a career. According to MLB Trade Rumors, the 36-year-old intends to pitch in the majors next season.

The big question is whether anyone in the majors still wants him. Oswalt had an 8.63 ERA in six starts and three relief appearances this season after posting a 5.80 ERA in nine starts and eight relief appearances with the Rangers in 2012. His peripherals remain strong, but he showed diminished velocity in his small sample this year and had an alarmingly-high line drive rate as a result.

Per MLBTR, Oswalt would prefer to start, but he’s open to pitching in relief and has spoken to multiple teams about the possibility. And frankly, at this point he probably should take what he can get. It’s unlikely that anyone will be willing to give him a guaranteed major league deal.

  1. rollinghighwayblues - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    “Oswalt would prefer to start,”

    Either Roy has all the nerve in the world or he’s delusional, looking at his recent years numbers, he should be happy to get an invite to Spring Training. But,as we all mostly know, he will somehow find his way onto a Major League roster at some point during the 2014 season.

    • dcfan4life - Nov 19, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      I hear Manny Ramirez still wants to play too…

  2. spacemaker101 - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Hahaha you right

  3. sgtr0c - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    “Better to burn out, then fade away”

    When Roy wad a Phillie, he said, “God, family, and his back-hoe was more important then baseball”. My, how times change….

    Pathetic

    • tuberippin - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:54 PM

      Yeah, he changed his tune pretty quickly. He still has some life on his pitches, but they have very little movement and so he’s basically tossing batting practice out there. Part of it is definitely the environments he’s chosen the past two times around (Texas and Colorado are both horrible parks for pitchers), but at the end of the day he’s probably best used in a relief role, probably a one-inning guy who could do some mop-up long relief appearances.

  4. aphillieated - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Phillies.

  5. pisano - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Yeah, and I want to bang Rachel Mc Adams, but it’s not gonna happen.

    • aphillieated - Nov 18, 2013 at 8:43 PM

      You never know :D

  6. proudlycanadian - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    How about Houston? He should be able to help the Astros finish with less than 100 losses.

    • stex52 - Nov 18, 2013 at 10:01 PM

      He had some great years in Houston.

      But No!!

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:34 AM

        It was just a passing thought. Cheers!

  7. undeadjesus - Nov 18, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    If the Twins signed him, he would be their “ace”. No joke.

  8. thepittsburghkid - Nov 18, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    So do I.

  9. jkaflagg - Nov 18, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    After all the years he carried the Astros, it’s kind of sad to see him trying to hang on despite having lost his stuff…..you would hope he might be able to help as a reliever (a la LaTroy Hawkins) but the problem is he always has some nagging injury; after all the years of great durability the curse of the small right handler has hit him with a vengeance….

  10. straightouttavtown - Nov 19, 2013 at 6:11 AM

    If he picks the team with the right park, I wouldn’t be surprised if he becomes the comeback player of the year and a great feel good story. The peripherals and the control is still there. The key is to keep the ball on the ground and avoid gopher ball. Arlington and Coors are obviously not optimal destination for an aging ex-ace with diminished velocity. But Roy still knows how to pitch judging by his ridiculous K:BB ratio. Remember Dan Haren, another ex-ace with diminishing stuff, looked absolutely done in the first half this season despite good K:BB ratio (like Roy has done the last 2 years) but he turned it around in the second half. I wouldn’t count Oswalt out quite yet. The Rangers gave him a raw deal and he got hurt with the Rockies. If he’s willing to commit to spring training for a full season and his heart is 100% in baseball, then he’s a good gamble.

  11. metalhead65 - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    if only he had some experience in the cardinal organization he would be the perfect signing for jocketty and the reds!

  12. henryd3rd - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Last time I looked “Father Time” was still undefeated and I don’t see anyone close to bringing him down.

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