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Oswalt may be headed south in locale & dollars

Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:01 am
Edited on: January 28, 2012 1:31 am

Longtime pitching star Roy Oswalt, who seems to have very strong geographic leanings, turned down a very large one-year offer of about $10 million from the Detroit Tigers, sources told, and Oswalt is instead eyeing several other teams, most of them much closer to his southern roots, including the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals.

Oswalt's main criteria seems to be proximity to his home in Mississippi. Other teams said to be in the running include the Red Sox and Nationals, but indications are that he prefers the Rangers and Cardinals. Above all else, the locale seems to be the key to him as his decision nears. Otherwise, how to explain the out-and-out rejection of the powerhouse Tigers?

The issue seems to be that the two teams he seems to most prefer -- the Rangers and Cardinals -- aren't perfect fits. Neither currently has an opening for a starting pitcher, though it's possible either team might try to make one for him. One report, from @Jim_Duquette, suggested the Cardinals are the frontrunner.

One thing is certain, and that is that he won't be a Tiger. Detroit's offer, which was made well before they came out of nowhere to sign Prince Fielder to a $214-million, nine-year deal, is no longer on the table.

Though Oswalt's agent Bob Garber denied it, one other person familiar with the Tigers' discussions with regarding said Oswalt declined to accept Detroit's offer of about $10-million after it met Garber's asking price. That person said Garber requested $10 million, but after Tigers owner Mike Ilitch signed off on the $10 million, Garber later informed Detroit that Oswalt was not prepared to take the offer. Garber denied by text that he had asked for $10 million, saying, "I never gave the Tigers a number.''

Garber added that Oswalt has "his top three (teams) he's still focused on.''

He didn't name the three teams. But it's hard to bet on the Red Sox, who like Detroit is in the north, and what's more, are believed to have offered nothing close to the $10 million Tigers bid (the belief is that Boston's offer is closer to $5 million).

Texas and St. Louis seem more likely at this point. The Rangers, who already have six viable starters, would insist he take their price, which would presumably be less than even Boston's price. Nolan Ryan and pitching coach Mike Maddux are both Oswalt fans (Ryan like Oswalt was an Astros star and knows him well) so they may do it if he'd take a fraction of the $10 million he turned down.

The Cardinals don't have an overwhelming need for another starter, either. But St. Louis has talked to both him and another free agent, Edwin Jackson.

The Astros, his former team, were mentioned as a possibility in one report. And they certainly would fit his geographic preferences. But that report was denied by someone close to Oswalt.

Oswalt has such strong ties to his home area that he left the Phillies last year for eight days after his hometown was wracked by a hurricane even though his own home didn't suffer significant damage. Oswalt, who also battled back trouble last year, at one point last year ruminated about retirement last year.

Had he done so, he would have missed one of the most interesting free-agent plays in recent memory.


Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:44 pm

Oswalt may be headed south in locale & dollars

As a matter of revenge, I hope Oswalt chooses the Rangers.  He rebuffed my favorite team, the Detroit Tigers.  He could have joined an amazing staff, with a powerful lineup and had just about as good a chance to make the playoffs as you could ask for.  But he said, "no, thanks".  So, as a fan, I'm miffed.

Now the Rangers will have a tough battle with the Angels...there's no guaranteed return to the World Series for the Rangers, even though they've improved their roster.  My hope is that everytime Oswalt faces Detroit, he gets spanked...and spanked enough to cause them to NOT make the playoffs.  Owsalt is a big Zero in my mind.  Prediction: Oswalt 2012, Texas Rangers, 10-10 era 5.55 

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 1:46 pm

Oswalt may be headed south in locale & dollars

That's what people said after he left the Astros for the Phillies. His first year in Philly he posted a 1.74 era and gave up 53 hits in 82 innings. Obviously he wasn't happy last year in Philly and that impeded his success. He doesn't need the money so I'm sure he'll pick a place that he wants to be. With run support....he'll go 15-10 with a 3.50 era for sure.

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 11:59 am

Oswalt may be headed south in locale & dollars

Duncan is no longer with Cards to take care of his Family. But the Cardinals are a Great Organization and Roy would do well there even for just one Year. I would like to see it happen

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:20 am

Oswalt may be headed south in locale & dollars

I'd like to see the Cards get him to create some competition for the 4 & 5 spots in the rotation.  Lohse and Westbrook can be very inconsistent.  And Wainwright's injury is another concern.  I'm sure something is going to happen to someone where Oswalt can help...yes, if he's healthy.  I just don't want to see McClellan turned back into a starter.  Or Lance Lynn turned into one.

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 4:06 am

Oswalt may be headed south in locale & dollars

It's pretty obvious why Boston would want him at the right price, which I would assume is about $6M.  As a 4th or 5th starter, Oswalt who is probably a 13-12 pitcher, could easily be a 15-10 pitcher if he gets Lackey run support. And 13-12 itself from a 5th starter can be money in the bank, especially if 1-3 have very good years. I mean if 1 and 2 go 38 and 17 and #3 goes 15 and 9 you are at 53-26 So if the rest of the staff is .500 you end up at 94/95 wins. What you can't afford is a 5th starter who is 9-13.

Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:22 am

Oswalt may be headed south in locale & dollars

Roy better take the money. It sounds he lost his swagger to compete. Probably will be a 13-13  4.50+ e.r.a. and an OH WELL attitude once he is done in 2012.

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:43 pm

Oswalt may be headed south in locale & dollars

I suppose I could make up a story like this and publish it.

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:24 pm

Oswalt may be headed south in locale & dollars

wow..he turned down 10 mil from det? to be closer to home? cant he spend ALL that DL time at his home? this guy was basically a bum in philly. he pitched ok at the end but only b/c he knew he'd get another deal. good riddance and good luck.

Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 3:55 pm

Oswalt may be headed south in locale & dollars

I agree THE TRUTH, I think Roy Oswalt would be an absolute perfect fit for the Atlanta Braves. However, I think the Braves Management and Frank Wren has basically signaled that there will only be low priced salaries to fill out this team (such as $1 Million) like we did with Jack Wilson. If they could bring Oswalt to Atlanta, and be teamed with Hudson. That would be an amazing duo to have our young pitchers to learn from. Just look what Halladay, Hamels, Lee, and even Oswalt did last season for Vance Worley. I believe if not for being on a staff so deep with talented starters like the Phillies, Worley may not have been as good last season. He was able to feed off that expierence, and I would like to have an additional teacher besides Hudson (who is a sinkerball pitcher) who can teach our young pitchers and even put up some good starts and Oswalt definitely fits that bill. Also, with the signings of Fielder to the Tigers, Pujols to the Angels, etc. Nothing suprises me in terms of a player signing somewhere so maybe we can get Oswalt to come to Atlanta.

Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 3:50 pm

Oswalt may be headed south in locale & dollars

Roy with Duncan as his Pitching coach?

Duncan stepped down to his wife's sickness.  

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