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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 CBSSports.com, 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.



Comments

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:09 pm
 

Oswalt may be headed south in locale & dollars

Roy with Duncan as his Pitching coach?  Could be a great year for him.



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:05 pm
 

Oswalt may be headed south in locale & dollars

Would love to see Roy Oswalt in a Rangers uniform but I just can't see that happending at this point as they are solid in their rotation. But never underestimate "Big Tex" doing something great to make the Ranegsr one of the most solid pitching teams in all of Major League Baseball. 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:24 am
 

Oswalt may be headed south in locale & dollars

A player like Oswalt would be a good fit for the Atlanta Braves. Before you laugh at this thought, let me explain. The Braves have one pitcher that is really experienced in Hudson. Atlanta would be close to Mississippi, Oswalt would be a coach to the Brave,s really young pitchers, He has playoff experience, and this would allow Atlanta to trade Jurgens for some very young prospects, perhaps a third baseman and an outfielder. Perhaps Kansas City would be interested in him, they have a lot of prospects, but need a pitcher now. Oswalt would possibly sign for 6-7 million, and it would be a win  win for the Braves. Perhaps he could be the needed piece to get Atlanta over the hump. Just a pipe dream in all probability, but it makes sense to me.




Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:10 am
 

Oswalt may be headed south in locale & dollars

Bring him on , you can never have to much starting pitching in MLB.



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:03 am
 

Oswalt may be headed south in locale & dollars

This is the sorry story or state for baseball.  The fact, even though I like the guy and always have, that someone with a record of 30-29 with a 3.52 ERA over the past three years can demand or even ask for a one year $10mil contract.  I think his days of back to back 20 win years are gone, and he realizes it too.  With a good team I think he's looking at maybe a 12-8 record, somewhere around there and about $5-$6 mil for the year.  Salaries are rediculous for the stars, but they are getting even more so for the mid level players.



Since: Aug 7, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 9:45 am
 

Oswalt may be headed south in locale & dollars

I agree



Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 9:06 am
 

Oswalt may be headed south in locale & dollars

That's why they've hardly done anything to improve their team this off-season outside of stealing Bailey from Oakland. Right now, they're an 85 win team on paper and that's assuming there isn't lingering dissention from last year and that they can co-exist with Bobby V.

I think the Red Sox are now a slightly better team on paper then the team that finished with 90 wins last year.  Most of the improvement has been addition through subtraction.  They got rid of unproductive players.  Last year they had 75 starts by pitchers with ERA's of over 5.00.  Lackey alone had 28 starts with an ERA of 6.41.  Those players won't be starting this year. Tha is improvement.
The offense could also be better this year with a healthier Youkilis and Crawford and some more productive Right Fielders.

It is true they haven't made many major moves and that they are trying to avoid the luxury tax.  That doesn't mean they haven't improved.



Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:21 am
 

Oswalt may be headed south in locale & dollars

So basically it appears that Oswalt wants to go some team that has no need for him. And presumably for far less money. I wonder how this will end. Not too much undetermined baseball drama left this off season, so I guess all we can do is sit back and see what happens.



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:06 am
 

Oswalt may be headed south in locale & dollars

I wouldn't want Oswalt anyway for more than 5-10 mil but Boston making these kind of token offers is a joke. After years over brainless overspending they're suddenly cost conscious and are nickle and diming it to avoid a luxury tax. That's why they've hardly done anything to improve their team this off-season outside of stealing Bailey from Oakland. Right now, they're an 85 win team on paper and that's assuming there isn't lingering dissention from last year and that they can co-exist with Bobby V.



Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:57 am
 

Oswalt may be headed south in locale & dollars

The Red Sox should pull the offer. It's not about tallent, the last thing we need after the finish of last season is someone not totally committed.


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