Roy Oswalt Will Look To Sign Midseason

2:10pm: Agent Bob Garber confirmed to reporters that Oswalt will stay in shape and look to sign with a contender midseason, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (on Twitter).

12:09pm: Roy Oswalt has told MLB teams that he may sign midseason, ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reports. The free agent right-hander explained that he intends to stay ready in case an appealing opportunity emerges before midseason.

The Red Sox, Rangers, Cardinals and Reds were among the many clubs to express interest in Oswalt this offseason. It appears that they didn't have enough room in their rotations or budgets for the 34-year-old, who seeks a one-year deal and a job as a starter.

Roger Clemens, a former teammate of Oswalt's, sat out the beginning of the season in 2006 and 2007 before signing midseason and Pedro Martinez had a similar approach to the 2009 campaign.


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pastlives
3 years 6 months ago

…that was his idea of making a decision today?

Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

that was jim bowden’s idea of him making a decision today

JacksTigers
3 years 6 months ago

Either sign or retire. This is quickly getting old.

LD4387
3 years 6 months ago

“This is quickly getting old.”
Yes. And that’s why “This” is waiting until midseason to sign.

BeisbolJunkie
3 years 6 months ago

Good idea. He can now be home during tornado season.

3 years 6 months ago

Clearly he doesn’t have the drive anymore. Just retire dude.

Fuhs
3 years 6 months ago

Almost sounds like he wants to wait for the Phillies to trade Blanton.

3 years 6 months ago

Agreed.  And I’m all for that.

3 years 6 months ago

When you don’t have leverage, create some.  Sounds like a sound move for Roy especially if he has no beef not starting immediately.

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 6 months ago

How is he creating leverage? Hes losing half a season’s worth of paychecks. What does he want? A ring? Then why deny Boston or Detroit they are both legit contenders. Maybe he wants to stay fresh so that he wont wear out in August and September? I have no idea but this is irritating already. 

3 years 6 months ago

 I think he wants to play for particular teams close to him at a better price.  He has backed himself into a corner this off season and he doesn’t have much of a choice really.  It’s all his own doing, but what he can do is wait out half the season and sign with a team in July for the same amount or maybe more (as the team signing him will most likely be desperate for depth).  I mean, if I were Roy I wouldn’t want to sign for 1 year $5mill when I can sign for 1 year 7.5mill in July.  Injury bug is always lurking.

I do agree the Roy Oswalt saga is at this point a brutal comedy.

JB3
3 years 6 months ago

Right, but he’d only be collecting roughly $3.75M of the 1 year $7.5M deal.  If he really wants to cash in next offseason like he’s said, he needs to show he can stay healthy over a full season.  Something that isn’t possible if he doesn’t sign until June/July.

RetroRob
3 years 6 months ago

He has less leverage now because it’s spring training and teams don’t feel they have a need for their services. At mid year there will be teams with injured starters, teams that are fading and trying to hold on, and surprise teams in the hunt for a playoff spot who suddenly covet a starter.  He’ll be able to better pick a contending team.

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 6 months ago

Yea but those teams should also take into account that he hasnt played since the previous September so its not just half a season. I always thought he had a good attitude but what his indecisiveness tells me is that he doesnt have the drive to play anymore. Any ball player that has desire to play isnt going to waste half a season sitting at home observing which team he wants to play for. 

NomarGarciaparra
3 years 6 months ago

So I guess this clearly shows he doesn’t wanna pitch in Boston? Probably waiting for the Rangers or Cardinals to have an open spot midseason.

rayking
3 years 6 months ago

He’s probably hoping that Westbrook gets hurt.

He shares that sentiment with a lot of Cardinals fans.

3 years 6 months ago

Just sign with the Astros and let them trade you midseason instead. At least there’d be a reason to go to the games for half a season.

vinniemiller
3 years 6 months ago

An elderly Roy Oswalt would give you reason to go to Astros games? Hmmm….

Houston_Astros
3 years 6 months ago

He’s one of the better pitchers in team history. Sure it does.

nepp
3 years 6 months ago

34 is elderly now?

Brandon Smith
3 years 6 months ago

He’d be better off pitching relief with the Rangers than not pitching at all

jhfdssdaf
3 years 6 months ago

I agree to a certain point.  For his future carreer, he really needs a starting job.  However, he had offers, but chose to sit out instead.

For this year, though, there is bound to be a team that gets desperate later in Spring Training or during the season.  They may come up to his demands if they need him bad enough.

Jerrymar Torres
3 years 6 months ago

I think what this guy is trying to do is stay relevant, obviously all he cares about is a ring

jhfdssdaf
3 years 6 months ago

If all he cared about was a ring, he had several opportunities to sign and compete for one. 

The Tigers offered him $10 million, it wasn’t close enough to home.  The Cardinals offered him $5 millionish, but it wasn’t a guaranteed starting job.
The Rangers were interested, if he would pitch from the bullpen.  The Red Sox were interested, if he would take $5-7 million.  The Reds were interested, if they could fit him in the budget. 

All four of those teams are going to be competitive this year, and any of the four could go to the World Series.  Obviously, two of them DID last year.

If all he wanted was a ring, he’d be signed by now.  He wants the ring, the money, the location, the starting job… etc….

Jerrymar Torres
3 years 6 months ago

You bring up excellent points but at this stage in his career he is in no position to be picky

Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

he’s in every position to be picky.

Jerrymar Torres
3 years 6 months ago

how so? The guy almost had to walk away from the game because of his back, there’s a reason why the Phillies (a perennial contender mind you) didnt resign him…it went from the big 4 in that rotation to the big 3. remember the hype of that rotation with him included?

jhfdssdaf
3 years 6 months ago

It’s merely a question of how bad he wants to play.  If he’s willing to sit out the season if he doesn’t get everything he wants, then he can be as picky as he likes.

It’s not like he hasn’t made a bit of money over his career, and longevity is about the only thing he has left to prove.

Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

So if the phillies don’t want you = you suck… phillies would LOVE him back.. for cheaper than Oswalt is prepared to sign for

but when the tigers, red sox, and tons of other teams all offer him contracts it means what exactly?

MaineSox
3 years 6 months ago

The Red Sox offering you a contract also means you suck, didn’t you know?

Jerrymar Torres
3 years 6 months ago

how so? The guy almost had to walk away from the game because of his back, there’s a reason why the Phillies (a perennial contender mind you) didnt resign him…it went from the big 4 in that rotation to the big 3. remember the hype of that rotation with him included?

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 6 months ago

Maybe he is jealous of Lebron and is trying to build up hype so he can have his own “The Decision” but then ESPN will tell him that hes not relevant anymore and he will retire. 

3 years 6 months ago

First team to offer him another bulldozer will be the team he signs with.

BoSox78
3 years 6 months ago

No you didn’t. 

BoSox78
3 years 6 months ago

So what he’s saying is he’s too big of a wimp to play for Boston and pitch in the AL East. Either that or he’s allergic to fried chicken and beer. 

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 6 months ago

You can be allergic to BEER?!?! <(`o`<)

Vmmercan
3 years 6 months ago

February 19th, 2007 for me. It’s called being a celiac.

BoSox78
3 years 6 months ago

Damn, that sucks. On the positive side it might help you get a job with the Sox. 

Vmmercan
3 years 6 months ago

haha, it would be a vodka and unbreaded chicken wing conspiracy instead.

Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

that sounds delicious

Vmmercan
3 years 6 months ago

Yeah, I’m very much of the belief vodka is delicious with most things.

Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

Ciroc is so tasty.

Vmmercan
3 years 6 months ago

Indeed. Very true words.

Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

 its so hard to get in Canada, only duty free has it.

Vmmercan
3 years 6 months ago

Funny Canadian celiac story (and by funny, I mean horrible.) I took a trip to Montreal for vacation in spring of 2010. Arrived in the city probably around 9PM and was shocked absolutely nothing was open. So we go to a grocery store to buy alcohol because we had to be trashed that night, our first night in a foreign country (I was with my GF and three friends). Everything in the supermarket was wine (which I just voluntarily don’t drink) or beer (which I can’t drink)…..So I found this thing called “Poppers”. Looked like, was packaged the same as and appeared to be exactly like Smirnoff Ice. So the ingrediants are in French and I try to google if it’s gluten free or not and the internet has never heard of it. I buy it anyway figuring it can’t be THAT bad. I had three of them to pregame before going to the bar. Long story slightly shorter, I lasted at the bar less than one hour before I was in so much pain I had to hobble, hunched over back to my hotel about 10 blocks away and then collapsed on the bathroom floor because  I was in so much pain. Poppers has malt and I will hate them forever. Also, why the heck do liquor stores close so freaken early in that city!?

Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

Liquor stores arent big in Quebec. Supermarkets, Gas stations, convenience stores etc are all allowed to sell alcohol so the liquor stores are used more for specialty or high end items and close at regular business hours..

If you think thats bad, in Ontario, you can only buy booze at the government run ‘beer store’ and ‘lcbo’ which close at 9pm too..

Sucks about your story though, I’ve actually seen poppers before but never tried it.. Montreal is one of my favourite cities, hopefully that incident didn’t ruin it for you!

rickjimbo
3 years 6 months ago

 does gluten-free beer work or is it not even worth it?

Vmmercan
3 years 6 months ago

Kinda depends. In a lot of cases it has as much or more alcohol content, so if you’re asking based on “will it get me drunk’ than yes, it will.

I wasn’t a HUGE beer drinker yet because I was halfway through my soph year of college when I was diagnosed and I didn’t drink in high school, so taste wise is a different story. Gluten free beer is generally made from sorghum and tends to taste like a dark beer (think, Killians). It’s not my preference of taste as I was a classy bud light drinker when I drank beer. I much prefer hard ciders (they taste better and I can drink faster) and vodka (the easiest to get drunk off of) to gluten free beers, but if you like the taste of beer it’s a suitable substitution. Personally, I can’t drink enough without getting full.

rickjimbo
3 years 6 months ago

I feel ya dude, by work I meant if it didn’t really cause symptoms too bad. While I kind of am a dark beer guy I completely hear what you are saying sir

Vmmercan
3 years 6 months ago

Oh man….Beer, only behind malt and grain alcohol is THE WORST. I wouldn’t be able to stand.

Vmmercan
3 years 6 months ago

And yes, GF beer works. It does not bring me any pain.

1980CHAMPS
3 years 6 months ago

He’s from the deep south, no way is he allergic to fried chicken and beer.

Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

The teams he wants to play for dont have room for him. So he’s holding out see if one of the has an injury or poor performance and come knocking..

Solid decision on his part. He’s going to lose money but looks like thats not important to him at this point.

BoSox78
3 years 6 months ago

I’m just curious how he plans on reestablishing his value while he’s sitting at home? Just sign the discounted contract and pitch wherever there’s a spot. And if it’s not a contender accept a trade to one come July provided he’s pitching well and is healthy. If not go home. 
 

Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

clearly its not about reestablishing value to him.

Its about being on a contender in a perferable destination.

Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

clearly its not about reestablishing value to him.

Its about being on a contender in a perferable destination.

BeisbolJunkie
3 years 6 months ago

Clearly he wants to prepare his home

BeisbolJunkie
3 years 6 months ago

For tornado season

MaineSox
3 years 6 months ago

I’m not really sure that he loses all that much money anyway.  According to reports he was being offered about $5M at this point, I can totally see a team on the verge of contention, desperate for that little edge to put them over the top and in need of pitching giving him close to that just for the stretch run (I wouldn’t be shocked at all if he got $3-4M in June/July).

BWillie
3 years 6 months ago

Funny to hear him talk as if he has any value at all.  Don’t wait by the phone, Roy.

vtadave
3 years 6 months ago

Pretty sure that in a league where the likes of J.A. Happ can survive long enough to make 28 starts in a season that yes, Oswalt has value.

BWillie
3 years 6 months ago

I agree he is no Doc Halladay, but J.A. Happ has a job this year.

nepp
3 years 6 months ago

Ironically his #1 comp through Age 33 is Roy Halladay…the rest of his list is pretty damn impressive too with HOFers and near HoFers.

Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

no

MB923
3 years 6 months ago

Goodness Gracious! 

Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

big baseballs of fire?

Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

big baseballs of fire?

Houston_Astros
3 years 6 months ago

I like this. Do some hunting, play your xbox, and wait for the regular season to wind down. Then sign with a competative team.

I would like it better if he signed with Houston, and agreed to be traded for some prospects, but oh well.

Do what’s good for you, Roy.

Ferrariman
3 years 6 months ago

don’t see the logic, obviously if your waiting till half season, you’ll only get half the money.  That means he’s gonna be losing money since what he gets now is prob more than what he’d get midseason.

Houston_Astros
3 years 6 months ago

Unless it’s about a ring, or his health. I will say right now that if anyone else did this I would be critical of them. Roy is my favorite player, though.

Houston_Astros
3 years 6 months ago

Unless it’s about a ring, or his health. I will say right now that if anyone else did this I would be critical of them. Roy is my favorite player, though.

MadmanTX
3 years 6 months ago

Just as I figured…

CAD_Monkey
3 years 6 months ago

Good.  I had him going back to Philly for the free agent contest.