Roy Oswalt Among Nationals’ Pitching Targets

6:36pm: Rizzo told reporters, including Zuckerman, that the Nationals' "Plan B" after missing out on Buehrle could involve Oswalt or other free agents and trade candidates. He has talked to the Athletics about Gio Gonzalez.

5:20pm: The Nationals had hoped to sign Mark Buehrle, but their offer to the left-hander fell short in both years and average annual value, tweets Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. With Buehrle off the board, the Nats will switch their focus to Roy Oswalt, says Kilgore.

Kilgore reported in November that Oswalt was Washington's "Plan B" if the club couldn't land Buehrle. GM Mike Rizzo told reporters (including Mark Zuckerman) today that the Nationals aren't interested in other free agent pitchers, though Zuckerman clarifies that was before news of Buehrle's agreement broke (Twitter link). Oswalt is said to be seeking a three-year commitment.

20 Responses to Roy Oswalt Among Nationals’ Pitching Targets Leave a Reply

  1. wickedkevin 4 years ago

    Good move.

  2. nats2012 4 years ago

    Dont overpay, this market isnt great for starting pitchers. There is no way Buehrle should get 4 years 58 mil, but there arent alot of options. We still have Strasburg, Zimmermann, Detwiller, Peacock, Lannan, Wang, and Milone so no need to overpay.

  3. hallwagner 4 years ago

    do it rizzo, you let buehrle fall off the table. get it done. also, i agree, dont overpay him. 2 years 20 mil maybe?

    • nats2012 4 years ago

      You would pay Buehrle as much as he got?

      • hallwagner 4 years ago

        look over the math again. buehrle got an average of 14.5 MM

  4. GoAwayNow 4 years ago

    The Nationals got Nationaled

  5. Nationals, King of the Phillies sloppy seconds.

  6. Salmon4Coach 4 years ago

    Nats want to trade for all these player’s but have done nothing.. Do they even have anything to trade? Besides all these old guys..Because i’m pretty sure if A’s trade Gio they would want to get 3 very good prospects

    • nats2012 4 years ago

      Are you serious? We only have young players, Strasburg, Harper, Rendon, Espinosa, Desmond, Ramos, Storen, Zimmermann, Peacock, Purke, Meyer, Norris, Clippard, Detwiller, Goodwin, Cole, Solis, Morse, Marrero, Moore, Lombardozzi, Kimball, Rodriguez, Milone all we have are young players.

      • Salmon4Coach 4 years ago

        Ya it came out wrong i guess i was trying to say ..Are they willing to trade Strasburg? or Harper? or Clippard? Or Espinosa?or Storen?..Being the A’s they would love to rebuild and they would love to get atleast 2 of these players mentioned plus another guy

        • nats2012 4 years ago

          I think pitching prospects that could move are AJ Cole, Sammy Solis, Brad Peacock, Robbie Ray, Tom Milone. Outfield prospects Destin Hood, Michael Taylor, Eury Perez and catching prospect Derek Norris could be guys named if they want outfield, catching and pitching prospects like they said they wanted. I just didnt know who you meant by old players because the only old players we have are Werth, Laroche, and Wang.

          • Salmon4Coach 4 years ago

            some of those guys you mentioned seemed good but i still would like Storen or Cliippard with Espinonsa and maybe one of those OF..I really don’t even see Nats contending next year..I would rather just keep those young guys and wait 2-3 more yrs and Nats could be a pretty solid ball club

    • nats2012 4 years ago

      Werth and Wang are our only two older players and Werth is 32.

    • nats2012 4 years ago

      I think you are confusing us with the Angels.

      • Salmon4Coach 4 years ago

        And Angels aren’t Old..IF is young Trumbo,Kedrick,Aybar,Callaspo,Conger,Iannetta,..Only pretty old guy is Izzy..and the OF will be young starting 2013..Away from Wells..all we have this yr is Abreu,Hunter,Wells that are old and our pitching well it’s one of the best and still pretty young..and it’s not the age that’s the factor for Abreu,Wells,Hunter but there price

        • nats2012 4 years ago

          I was only joking about the Angels, I really like your team.

  7. LUWahooNatFan 4 years ago

    If the Nationals could trade for Gio I’d be ecstatic.. Wouldn’t mind Oswalt either, at the right price.

    Strasburg, Zimmermann, Wang, Lannan, Peacock is not that bad of a rotation if Nationals don’t end up signing any of the remaining SP

  8. squadwagon6 4 years ago

    Trade for gio! Rizzo

  9. chee1rs 4 years ago

    don’t worry , overpaying is the name of the game

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