Oswalt Seeks One-Year Deal; Interest Picks Up

Roy Oswalt was looking for a three-year deal earlier in the offseason, but he has since told teams he only wants a one-year contract, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick (all Twitter links). The right-hander wants to prove that his back is healthy and re-enter the market a year from now in search of multiyear security. Six teams are now talking to Oswalt and agent Bob Garber about a possible deal, Crasnick reports.

The Red Sox, Blue Jays, Royals, Twins and Nationals are among the teams that could use rotation depth and may have interest in Oswalt. The Rockies had interest earlier in the offseason and while they could still use pitching depth, it's not clear if they still have the payroll flexibility to accommodate Oswalt or if he'd want to pitch in Denver.

Garber has said Oswalt feels “great,” even after two back-related stints on the disabled list in 2011. The 34-year-old made 23 starts and completed 139 innings this past season, posting a 3.69 ERA with 6.0 K/9, 2.1 BB/9 and a 45.1% ground ball rate. His average fastball velocity dropped to 91.4 mph, however. Oswalt was a Type A free agent, but the Phillies declined to offer him arbitration and he won't cost a draft pick.


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3 years 8 months ago

And being patient once again pays off.

I would hope the Red Sox go all-in on this.

$1529282
3 years 8 months ago

If he’s looking to rebuild value, I don’t know that the AL East is going to be his preferred destination. There are probably other contenders he could pitch for and inflate his value at the same time by playing in a more pitcher-friendly environment.

3 years 8 months ago

Maybe but it’s a calculated risk that could pay off. If he has a great year in Boston after playing the Yankees and Rays all year long he’s going to be worth a ton more than if he goes and looks good for a year for the Dodgers or Padres.

jondogg2010
3 years 8 months ago

Right, look at Beltre. What happened there?

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

Vastly different situation. The only team in the AL East with a legitimately elite pitching staff is the Rays (And that’s been the case for a while now) while there isn’t a team with a “bad” lineup in the entire division. The AL East’s a pretty good place to go to rebuild value as a hitter considering all the hitter friendly parks whereas rebuilding value as a pitcher in the East is a bad proposition.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

sounds like good news but i think it’s bad news in disguise. if he’s trying to re-establish value, he’s probably going to prefer to pitch in the NL

3 years 8 months ago

It’s certainly possible, but even players looking to reestablish value like to be on winning teams.  Obviously there are NL contenders as well, but adding a couple extra million might be enough to entice him.

rockfordone
3 years 8 months ago

All pitcher’s backs feel fine in December

John Gregory
3 years 8 months ago

Attach Yogi Berra’s or Earl Weaver’s name to this quote and you have an instant classic.

johnsilver
3 years 8 months ago

Right on once again. any pitcher that wants to rebuild value in the AL, much less the AL East over anywhere in the NL one would have to question there sanity, unless they possessed Sabathia, or Clemens type stuff from his 80’s days.

Most anyone knows it is far easier to pitch to 8 hitters and an auto out over 9 legitimate players any day of the week. But as we and other Sox (ers) have talked wishfully all offseason.. How Oswalt would fit perfect into the Boston plans and now that he will settle for 1 year.. I hope Cherrington will get off his duff an make a move.

MaineSox
3 years 8 months ago

I have to wonder how good of an idea that is for him, unless there’s really zero interest in him at this point (which I find hard to believe).  Even if he shows that he is healthy he’s going to be looking for a contract at 35, so he still wont likely get more than 2-3 years anyway, and isn’t next years crop of free agent pitchers generally considered stronger than this years?

I have to wonder if a team were to offer him two years with an option (or possibly even two with two options) at a reasonable salary, if he would still take it.

3 years 8 months ago

Lance Berkman is probably going to be one of his biggest lobbyists now

3 years 8 months ago

I’m sure the Cardinals would love to have him. It’s the Westbrook/Lohse contract fiasco that’s keeping it from happening.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

Yanks should be in on him for 1/$13.5 mil. It’s an overpay but it’s only 1 year.

3 years 8 months ago

I was hoping for something similar, as well. AL East or not, he can provide that veteran sense of stability, both in personality and in performance.

Rob Tedesco
3 years 8 months ago

As a Yankees fan I’d be all over that, maybe a slightly lower base with performance incentives giving him a chance to make more in one year than with any other contract. Oswalt is risky, but I’d rather sign a “risky” guy with #2 potential (that doesn’t cost a draft pick) than trade prospects for a Gio Gonzalez. To me he’s a great fit.

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

I find it unlikely he takes a deal based heavily on incentives when he can practically name his price if he’s willing to go for a one year deal.

MB923
3 years 8 months ago

Andrew Marchand just wrote that the Yankees still aren’t interested. But then again, it’s the Yankees.

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

Andrew Marchand either made that up or is very gullible. There is no logical reason for the Yankees not to be all over this.

ETA: Unless of course Cashman likes the idea of living on the edge and going into the season relying on Colon and Garcia to round out his rotation two years in a row.

MB923
3 years 8 months ago

Colon is not on the team. He is still on the FA market

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

Yankees have been surprisingly uninterested in a lot of pitchers this year. I can certainly understand if they didn’t want to layout the money for Wilson or Darvish if they had concerns but a guy like Oswalt seems like a safe bet considering the short term commitment and no prospects being used.

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t understand it unless the Yankees are just trying to be quiet behind the scenes. Kuroda and Oswalt are both ideal targets for them, short time commitment, solid pitchers and won’t cost prospects.

johnsmith4
3 years 8 months ago

Not an overpay if he turns into draft picks at the end of the year.  Only need to qualify him with about $12.5 mil 1 year contract.

* Edit * Just realized. Oswalt will cost Yankees a 1st round pick. This might diminish his luster.

Brad426
3 years 8 months ago

He wasn’t offered arbitration.

rockfordone
3 years 8 months ago

waste of money – give it to me – I’m healthy

3 years 8 months ago

The answer for most teams, is:

Yes, please!

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

Luxury tax be darned, give him all the monies.

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

Since everyone else is doing it and no one’s gotten them covered yet:

Lester, Beckett, Oswalt, Buchholz, Bard does sound pretty enticing.

I’d put my money on Cardinals, though.

slider32
3 years 8 months ago

Oswalt was smart to try and sign a one year deal, he will get alot more action and drive his price up. He could be the next pitcher to sign. I would think all the big market teams plus the Jays, Nats, and Marlins would be in on this one. Oswalt’s price could be over 12 million.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

I sort of disagree. Next year there’s a lot more FA competition and some of that current need might be filled by a new crop of emerging prospects (at least for the Yankees if one of of the prospects or Hughes/Joba/AJ have good years). Also, he’s 1 year older.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

I sort of disagree. Next year there’s a lot more FA competition and some of that current need might be filled by a new crop of emerging prospects (at least for the Yankees if one of of the prospects or Hughes/Joba/AJ have good years). Also, he’s 1 year older.

stl_cards16
3 years 8 months ago

Ever since it came out that the Cardinals wanted to get rid of Lohse or Westbrook to make room for a rotation upgrade, I’ve had a feeling it was Oswalt they wanted. 

 I think they could squeeze him in for 13MM on a one year deal.  Move Westbrook to the bullpen and all three of them would be off the books before next season.  Wainwright, Carp, Garcia, Lohse, and Oswalt would be a nice rotation.

Red_Line_9
3 years 8 months ago

I had the same thought about Oswalt and the Cardinals

The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

Where does that leave room for a Crisp/Beltran signing? I would love to have Oswalt but his back could go out once again.. Loshe had just as good as a season last year and Cards dont ned pitching, they need a corner guy or and OF. They need a bat for sure. Doesnt make much sense at this point unless Berkman can convience him to sign a one year at like 6-7 million.

walrusgod
3 years 8 months ago

At first I thought it was for Buehrle.  Hometown guy, probably would’ve taken a little less than the Marlins gave him to play for the Cards.

Now that Buehrle is off the market, though, I think the Cards have to think long and hard about this.  Picking up Oswalt on a one year deal isn’t a huge risk.  It improves our team this year and doesn’t hamstring us in the future.  If healthy, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say a rotation of Waino/Carp/Garcia/Oswalt/Lohse would be one of the best in the NL.   

The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

thats means no Beltran ( a soild at bat and OF replacement) which we need more that a starting rotation surplus.

JimEdmondsMVP
3 years 8 months ago

Still leaves some wiggle room for a Crisp like addition though.

3 years 8 months ago

I’m hoping AA is allover this.  A one year contract is awfully appealing…would give guys like Hutchinson and McGuire another year to ripen. 

3 years 8 months ago

and Syndergaard.

3 years 8 months ago

and Syndergaard.

3 years 8 months ago

Yankees
CC
Roy
Nova
AJ
Hughes or Garcia

3 years 8 months ago

 Okay, how about a one tear deal, with a team friendly release clause, that allows the team to release him at any time, without further payments, should he poop his pants.

sports33
3 years 8 months ago

And Oswalt would take this…why?

Infield Fly
3 years 8 months ago

“…how about a one tear deal…”

No dude. There’s no crying in baseball! A one tier deal might do it though…
:p

3 years 8 months ago

Weaver
Haren
Wilson
Santana
Oswalt 

Looks good to me plus playing in the AL might help his back out, without having to bat and run the bases and such.

East Coast Bias
3 years 8 months ago

That is a beast of a rotation! 

sourbob
3 years 8 months ago

The other thing about signing with the Angles is that they could slot him at #5 and use the off days to hide him when he needs a rest. Sort of preposterous move for them, but then, so is most of their offseason.

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

A situation like that’s not in Oswalt’s best interest. Making less than 30 starts next year isn’t going to help build his value. Everyone knows the guy can pitch, it’s his ability to stay on the field that’s in question.

3 years 8 months ago

Rolling in the 5th spot will put him up against a lot of other #5 starters out there, that’s money in the bank….

bjsguess
3 years 8 months ago

More likely signing Oswalt would allow the team to cash in on Santana. The money ends up being a wash, the team would stock up on talent and would see little drop off in terms of actual production. If Oswalt is solid then you offer arb and score a few more pieces via the draft.

Santana is a solid arm which would return quite a bit. You can then slot Richards/Williams/Bell into the 5th spot/swing man roles.

bjsguess
3 years 8 months ago

More likely signing Oswalt would allow the team to cash in on Santana. The money ends up being a wash, the team would stock up on talent and would see little drop off in terms of actual production. If Oswalt is solid then you offer arb and score a few more pieces via the draft.

Santana is a solid arm which would return quite a bit. You can then slot Richards/Williams/Bell into the 5th spot/swing man roles.

3 years 8 months ago

Padres?

3 years 8 months ago

What better place to rebuild value than Petco and the NL West?

3 years 8 months ago

I have no idea. That ballpark is one of the best ballparks for pitchers. But I would like him to sign with the Red Sox cause we need pitching.

TrailerParkApe
3 years 8 months ago

Could be a good signing for the Mariners as they are in need of a veteran pitcher to solidly the back end of their rotation before the prospects start coming up.

3 years 8 months ago

Seattles got plenty of pitching its hitting they need.

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

No dice there, Oswalt’s a righty.

TrailerParkApe
3 years 8 months ago

Oswalt is a better choice over Moyer or any other free agent pitcher seeking a one year deal. Besides, pay low and put incentives. Similar to the Bedard deal. Seattle can sign Oswalt, and still have room for a bat. They have the money to spare.

3 years 8 months ago

They may have the money 2 spare but are they willing to spend it?

TrailerParkApe
3 years 8 months ago

That’s a good question. Management is being stupid with their money by not allowing an expanded budget. Oswalt could sign with them on an incentive deal. It would only be a one year deal. I wouldn’t see the Mariners bringing him back even if he had a good year.

ahalbert
3 years 8 months ago

This makes so much sense for the Padres! Oswalt can prove himself again through cavernous Petco and the Padres get a proven leader for their young arms coming up on a one year contract on a year they have payroll flexibility. 

3 years 8 months ago

WOW! Now that he’s asking for a 1year deal, omg, almost every team is going to be after this guy. I believe this will come down to a $.$.$ war between Blue Jays, Yankees, Red Sox, Nationals, Royals, Marlins and Rockies.

John Gregory
3 years 8 months ago

I am cynical enough to wonder if this “one year” thing is just a ploy.  Yes, it’s to build his value up.  That value could be built up this off-season, by demonstrating significant interest in his services for one year. 

“All right, now that we’ve established the market price for one year, among about four teams that are offering essentially the same amount, I will sign with whoever is willing to add the most and make it a three year deal.”

setupunchtag
3 years 8 months ago

That sounds quite plausible.

kcgregory
3 years 8 months ago

I’m sure every team sees Oswalt as a fit.  That said, go sign him Royals.

MB923
3 years 8 months ago

Many teams can use him

HobokenMetsFan
3 years 8 months ago

Would love to see the Mets take a shot and pick him up for a year, let him rebuild value in Citi Cavern (yes i know they are moving the walls slightly) and flip him at the deadline for prospects. Will it happen? Pffffttt….No. Wishful thinking tho

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

God forbid Oswalt were willing to forego an NTC, every team in the MLB would be in on this.

That said, I sincerely doubt he’ll will be willing to sign for anything other than an exorbitant amount unless he gets an NTC.

HobokenMetsFan
3 years 8 months ago

He’s looking to rebuild value, I doubt he would want to limit himself to potential suitors by demanding a NTC, especially on a one year deal…..

3 years 8 months ago

The Mets, hmm thats not the worst idea ive heard.If they can splurge 11 million he could raie attendence levels.Assuming Santana remains healthy they would have a decent rotation

Santana
Oswalt
Niese
Gee Dickey

not bad

MB923
3 years 8 months ago

CC – Burnett – Colon – Garcia – Hughes/Nova said disaster and maybe an 85 win max team last year too.

Not that I agree with Bleacher in the slightest lol

MB923
3 years 8 months ago

Darn it Disqus failing with the reply as usual