Latest On Roy Oswalt

10:45pm: The Reds continue talking to Oswalt, though he'd prefer to pitch for the Cardinals or Rangers, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports report. Cincinnati would have to clear payroll to add Oswalt and Homer Bailey would be the most likely candidate to be dealt.

9:33pm: Cardinals GM John Mozeliak acknowledges he’ll be ‘opportunistic’ about potential deals, but says he’s not expecting significant moves before Spring Training, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Though the Cardinals and Roy Oswalt had mutual interest in a deal, they couldn’t reach an agreement.

Oswalt was asking for a significant guarantee in terms of role and salary, but the Cardinals aren’t looking to add payroll. The Cardinals haven’t spoken to Oswalt’s agent in the past week or so, Goold writes. The Reds appear to be kicking the tires on the right-hander, but the Rangers aren’t likely to sign him.


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Ryan Graywacz
3 years 6 months ago

I said before, all the teams he wants don’t have money, or rotation space. He’ll end up in Boston before the week is over.

3 years 6 months ago

 I’d be completely unsurprised if he ends up sitting out the first half of the season, the whole season, or simply retiring.

MaineSox
3 years 6 months ago

I wouldn’t be too surprised either, but if he would prefer sitting out or retiring over playing in Boston don’t you think he would have turned them down outright like he did the Tigers, Jays, and Indians?

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

 He must think his name is Clemens/Martinez or something?

Who else tried that and it didn’t work out to well.. Paul Byrd.. Only managed a minor league deal and Schill talked about it.

Interesting to see if Oswalt, with a history of back problems would even bother staying in game shape and then be willing to go to the minors for a month or 2 if he tried that maneuver.

skoods
3 years 6 months ago

Leverage. Boston can pay more than any other team interested.

MaineSox
3 years 6 months ago

If it were just about leverage he wouldn’t have told those other teams he wasn’t interested.  More teams interested is as good as rich teams interested.  Plus, he supposedly turned down $10M from the Tigers, which is more than any of the other teams has offered to this point; a $10M offer from Detroit helps his leverage more than a $5M offer from Boston.

chico65
3 years 6 months ago

Yeah, but it’s Detroit.  Do you want to live in Detroit?

Thomas
3 years 6 months ago

Seriously? This is getting old…Detroit’s suburbs are some of the best places to live in the country.

3 years 6 months ago

Come on Brewers sign him!

3 years 6 months ago

brewers suck!!! go reds

sid1234556
3 years 6 months ago

red sox go get em

dylanp5030
3 years 6 months ago

Welcome back to Philly little Roy!

3 years 6 months ago

 Time for this yokel to stop screwing around and make a choice. He has an offer from the Sox. If I’m the Sox, I would have yanked it long ago. Spring training is only a couple weeks away. 

GH
3 years 6 months ago

Why would Boston pull back their offer? Not really in a position to, are they?

UltimateYankeeFan
3 years 6 months ago

If a team doesn’t offer him at least a guarantee of $8MM plus incentives I’d bet he either retires or holds out until after ST to see what shakes loose.  I don’t see anyway he signs with any team for $5 or 6MM.

StanleyHudson
3 years 6 months ago

Wouldn’t shock me if we see Oswalt sign with Boston in a few days.

Karkat
3 years 6 months ago

Red Sox Red Sox Red Sox pleeeeeeeeeeeeease???

Justin
3 years 6 months ago

Wouldn’t be surprised if he goes cheaper to STL

Henry Apple
3 years 6 months ago

I would love for him to sign with St. Louis, which in turn sends Kyle Lohse packing.

3 years 6 months ago

Kyle Lohse has a full no trade and outpitched Jake Westbrook big time last year (who also has a full no trade).

Lohse isn’t going anywhere.  An Oswalt signing would simply mean Westbrook is going to have to OK a deal or go to the bullpen.

3 years 6 months ago

oh well, of course nothing’s completely ruled out but I still think going for him next year will have more of an opportunity to get a deal done assuming that he doesn’t get hurt this year or he doesn’t simply go on a decline or anything like that, or he may even be a trade deadline deal if the right situation comes up with one of our starters or something who knows but I believe we’re ready to compete as is and this 2012 will be one heck of an experiment that if all goes as it looks like it should on paper, then we’ll get our 12 in ’12!

Eric Foley
3 years 6 months ago

 I don’t think he wants to come to the AL East for that exact reason, an inevitable decline. He will loose a whole point on his ERA if he comes to the AL or AL East thus loosing him years and dollars for his next contract. Just my opinion though. I would love to see him in a Sox uni, he’d be a great #4/5 starter

3 years 6 months ago

I’m talking about the Cardinals.

hedge
3 years 6 months ago

more like a 2 guy on the red sux

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 6 months ago

Come on Dave/Ruben… you’re over the luxury tax anyway… just sign him.

CyYoungSuppan
3 years 6 months ago

Phew…

Pawapuro
3 years 6 months ago

Oh well. Looks like the Cards are done making any significant moves this offseason.

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

What are you talking about? They just signed Alex Cora today! haha

3 years 6 months ago

fail

3 years 6 months ago

That’s kind of what the story just said.

3 years 6 months ago

Disappointment…. :( Red Sox or Texas.

blh2010
3 years 6 months ago

I’m not surprised, the Cardinals were in the perfect spot they didn’t need him he needed them. Its obvious he didn’t want to be a Cardinal too bad or he would have taken less. He doesn’t want to go to the east coast and the red sox have said the same thing the cards have said “don’t anticipate any significant moves before ST.

3 years 6 months ago

calling the pirates as a darkhorse. they were in on edwin jackson and almost landed him for 10 mil/yr giving him 3 yr and 1 yr offers. i could easily see them turn around and offer oswalt the exact same offers they gave jackson

catch21_2
3 years 6 months ago

Why would somebody of Oswalt’s stature seriously consider playing for the Pirates?  The guy has done it all and gotten many paydays, now he’s going for the ring.  And we all know that’s not going to happen in Pittsburgh…

Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 6 months ago

a one year deal though? let him play and then he gets traded at the deadline to a contender? id do it.

3 years 6 months ago

Still believe the Cards are his eventual destination.  They have a number of variables at a each spot in the rotation, though their hesitation may be the result of major confidence in Lynn as a starter this season if needed

3 years 6 months ago

If he goes back east you would think it would have to be with the Phills but Pittsburgh is very interesting after their pursuit of Jackson as you said

diehardmets
3 years 6 months ago

Hey Alderson, go get Bailey if he’s available. Young starters are exactly what we need. 

3 years 6 months ago

What would you think the Mets would trade for Homer?

Colin Christopher
3 years 6 months ago

That’s similar to what I was thinking, except I’m hoping the Royals step in and grab Homer. Cincy has made it clear that they’re all in this season, so they’ve got to be motivated to clear space for Oswalt. This is a golden opportunity for a team like KC, with a deep farm system, to acquire a still-young SP with lots of upside without shelling out an arm and a leg.

3 years 6 months ago

 Sorry, but the Reds AREN’T trading Homer Bailey. No way, no how. Just watch. That is why we are NOT signing Oswalt. I would rather Arroyo be the one to be traded, but his contract will make that impossible unless the Reds find a team to take it on. NO Oswalt. Homer will have a better year than Roy, FACT. Plus he is 8 M cheaper.

3 years 6 months ago

Disagree 100%, what stats prove this statement? Homer is 25-23 with a 4.89 ERA who has allowed 170 Walks to 330 Strikeouts in the MLB and his Minor League Career Record is 40-28 3.70 ERA. Homer is just as injury prone as Oswalt as well. Homer isn’t this top tier prospect that Cincinnati fans are making him out be anymore. He has been a bust and it’s time to move on. Bring in Oswalt make him your 4th Starter and let’s go.

psanford421
3 years 6 months ago

Wake me up when he makes up his mind