Oswalt Open To Playing Anywhere

Roy Oswalt spent most of the offseason telling teams that he'd prefer to sign close to his Mississippi home, but the free agent right-hander will now consider other opportunities. He's telling clubs he'll play anywhere, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick (all Twitter links).

Oswalt said last month that he's looking at a possible midseason return and the probable timeline for a deal hasn't changed, according to Crasnick. By June Oswalt's kids will have finished school, and a potential move would be easier on his family at that point in the season. Oswalt's decision may depend on which contender needs pitching depth a few months from now, Crasnick writes.


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  1. Kansas City needs to jump on this opportunity.

  2. Just waiting for the Phils to trade Blanton 

  3. Except Pittsburgh I guess…

    • Ian_Smell 3 years ago

      We don’t want him anyways! *goes to cry in a corner*

  4. GOTIGERS24 3 years ago

    Come on Tigers offer him 8-10 mil sign him then we get to keep Turner let him develop more, give him a few spot starts, then let him crack the rotation next year

    • Encarnacion's Parrot 3 years ago

      They already tried that and got turned down.

      • GOTIGERS24 3 years ago

        Read the title he is now open to play ANYWHERE he didn’t want to to play in Detroit at the time but I they put the offer back out there he would probably accept.

        • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

          I dont know how you could be so confident.. He doesn’t actually mean anywhere. 

          • GOTIGERS24 3 years ago

            He wants to play on a winning team if he comes to Detroit he will and he will get plenty of wins with the run support

          • Encarnacion's Parrot 3 years ago

            I’ll bet you $5 that Oswalt doesn’t sign with the Tigers. If winning was his priority, he’d sign for $2 to play for the Phillies again.

            This bet is made with Canadian currency, so you could be set for life if you win this arrangement. :)

          • Yankees420 3 years ago

            Just think of what he can do with the extra 5 cents!

          • GOTIGERS24 3 years ago

            I can guarantee you that the tigers will be better than the phillies our lineup is much better than the aging phillies we have Cabrera fielder and young all in their prime boesch Jackson and Avila just entering their prime obviously you have the better rotation but verlander foster scherzer and porcello isn’t bad at all if you add oswalt who could mentor some of the younger kids and add production to their rotation that would make them a legitimate world series contender

          • GOTIGERS24 3 years ago

            *fister

          • Phillibuster 3 years ago

            If the Tigers are not already “a legitimate world series contender,” then no, they will not be better than the Phillies.

            I’m not saying they won’t actually do better, but if you think the Phils aren’t a WS contender now, who in the NL is going to beat them out on paper?

          • GOTIGERS24 3 years ago

            I’m sayin if the Tigers get Oswalt it would make them one if the favorites to win it all, and I could see the dbacks or even the Cardinals even without Pujols competing for the beat record in the NL, I think the phils will end up with the best record but I dont see them making it past the NLCS

          • Phillibuster 3 years ago

            If Oswalt was all it took to make the Tigers favorites, they would have made it happen by now.  Nobody trusts that he’s as healthy as he claims to be, and he’s ineffective on the occasions when he does pitch hurt.

            Cardinals didn’t even win their division with Pujols.  I’m not saying they won’t compete, nor even that they won’t make the post-season but the best record in the NL is a stretch.

            DBacks are a maybe in my mind.  A whole lot of things came together at exactly the right time for them to do what they did in 2011.  With Posey returning to the Giants, and the Dodgers getting rid of their off-the-field drama, I don’t think they’ve got as much of a shot.

            As to the Phillies not getting past the NLCS, any time you say that the team you expect to have the best record in the regular season won’t win the playoffs in their league, it’s not statistics talking.

          • GOTIGERS24 3 years ago

            The Tigers have tried to make it happen when they offered him 10 mil and got turned down they should put the offer back on the table and see what happens.

            I said i think that the phillies will most likely have the best record in the NL im saying just watch the cards and dbacks, yes they lost pujols but now wainwright is healthy and they also got beltran, obviously beltran is no Pujols but he can put up some good offensive numbers, they may not be better than the phils but there not as bad as you would think after losing a superstar.

          • Phillibuster 3 years ago

            If the Tigers are not already “a legitimate world series contender,” then no, they will not be better than the Phillies.

            I’m not saying they won’t actually do better, but if you think the Phils aren’t a WS contender now, who in the NL is going to beat them out on paper?

        • jwsox 3 years ago

          money might not be there with princes huge contract eating up a good chunk of the payroll

          • Pawsdeep 3 years ago

            Princes contract will not affect the Tigers payroll for the future. Illitch has stated this a few different times. Prince contract is coming directly out of his pocket from his other revenues.

            On top of that, ticket sales, merchandising, and future playoff runs and TV deals will more than pay his salary even if Mr. I starts singing a different tune.

          • JacksTigers 3 years ago

            Mr. I?

          • Pawsdeep 3 years ago

            Ahhhhh! Thank you–fixed

    • InLeylandWeTrust 3 years ago

      Apparently they offered a 10 mil deal, and had Verlander make a recruiting call and were still turned down.

  5. Snoochies8 3 years ago

    Anywhere meaning a place beginning with an “s” and ending with a “t. louis” or starting with an “a” and ending with an “rlington”? 

    but hey, if you’re really that open about playing, come to oakland! almost a guarantee you’ll be on a contender by august 1st.

  6. baseball52 3 years ago

    The Cubs will take him just to keep him away from STL and trade him at the deadline for minor pieces.

    • Philip Marlowe 3 years ago

      Paging Jim Hendry. Paging Jim Hendry.

    • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

      why would the cubs care about what St.louis does?

      • schaddy24 3 years ago

        Because they’ve been heated rivals for the last 100 years…

        • stl_cards16 3 years ago

          While they are rivals, it’s not like that. Neither team makes poor moves JUST to keep the other team from doing something. In reality, this isn’t even much of a rivalry on the field. It seems they are never good at the same time. It’s more of a fan rivalry.

  7. Karkat 3 years ago

    Roy, just stop it.

    Signed,
    A Red Sox fan/jilted lover

  8. rainyperez 3 years ago

    “I will go anywhere…”  translates to, “but not the Padres, Mariners, A’s, Royals, Twins, Mets, Blue Jays, Orioles, Astros, Cubs, or Pirates. But anywhere though after those teams :D”

    • jwsox 3 years ago

      add the whitesox to that list…he is still jilted about 05…he is very good friends with peavy and last year or the year before they had a deal in place to trade for him and peavy was saying how great of a city chicago is and how the sox were a good organization and he turned them down because of what they did to him in 05….actually same thing with berk 2 years ago..

  9. Unfortunately for Oswalt, I just don’t think he’s worth $10MM/yr.  Anyone who gives him that much is reaching.

  10. I wish the Twins would try and sign him. I know Terry Ryan will never do it, but we need pitchers if we want to be contenders.

    • And Mauer to be a catcher all year while replicating that insane contract year along with Morneau using the way-back machine to tell his former self that July 7th of 2010 should be a sick day.

      • jwsox 3 years ago

        dont forget about morneau to actually play some games, and for them to find a real 2nd basemen and SS and DH and right fielder, and closer, and bullpen besides perkins, and about 4 starters

  11. Pawsdeep 3 years ago

    Bet he’s wishing he didn’t turn down that 10 mil from Detroit now. Don’t get me wrong, I respect a man who sticks to his guns and wants to do things his way. Which Oswalt has earned. But dont crawl and beg when you can’t find a way to settle on doing things within your scope of reason. It looks pathetic.

    • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

      atleast you don’t sound bitter. lol

      nothing about what he’s doing is pathetic. He put his family first, its commendable

      • Pawsdeep 3 years ago

        Not bitter; didn’t expect him to sign with Detroit considering he has blocked potential trades to Detroit in the past. he obviously doesn’t want to play there.

        My point is this: don’t relent from your hellfire and brimstone just because you aren’t getting what you want. Stick to your guns or don’t bring them to the fight.

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      I still think he has a list of teams he is only going to play for and big city markets are scratched off that list.. Boston, NYY, Detroit.. IMO he has -0- intention of playing in the negativity and other reasons not going to go into that surrounds those areas.

      KC, Colorodo, AZ may however be in play now.

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      I still think he has a list of teams he is only going to play for and big city markets are scratched off that list.. Boston, NYY, Detroit.. IMO he has -0- intention of playing in the negativity and other reasons not going to go into that surrounds those areas.

      KC, Colorodo, AZ may however be in play now.

  12. formerdraftpick 3 years ago

    How about Pittsburgh?  Oh wait…he already declined.

  13. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    Adding a pitcher of Oswalts quality near the trade deadline without having to give up prospects is going to look really attractive to a team looking for a late season push. He will also be (presumably) healthy and well rested.

    Add to that, where his kids dont have to change schools, this is a great move by him .

  14. pft2 3 years ago

    Doesn’t ring true to me.  He is going to pitch somewhere for 6 months, no reason why the family needs to move.  And now he is willing to pitch anywhere for 3 months, so it will be easier to move the family?

    I wonder if his back is bothering him and he is stalling for time until it feels better

  15. now that Jose Canseco has been cut I hear there is an open roster spot for Roy on the Quintana Roo Tigers of the Mexican League.

  16. rovert22044 3 years ago

    I think the Astros are a good fit. It’s close to home, the team is showing some potential, and it’s a place he is very familiar with. Plus, the Astros could trade him at the deadline for some prospects. Win-Win situation in my opinion.

    • rainyperez 3 years ago

      How is that a win for Oswalt? He gets to pick whatever team he wants to pitch for and doesn’t have to be stuck on a team not in contention. 

      • rovert22044 3 years ago

        Because the Astros match what he’s looking for. I understand why you say the Astros are a team “not in contention”, but they definitely have potential to be a good team this year. Our hitting is good, we just need to get our pitching in line. If we do that, we could make a run for the playoffs this year. The things I’ve learned watching sports is to never count anyone out. You never know.

    • josh 3 years ago

      potential to be better than the mets..maybe.

  17. rainyperez 3 years ago

    You’re right to have optimism as every team has a shot when spring training starts, but in my honest opinion Astros will not make the playoffs. There are too many teams ahead of them even with a 2nd wild card. 

    • rovert22044 3 years ago

      Yeah I see where you’re coming from. I think what will hold the Astros back is the lack of experience. The team is really young and it’s a whole new team than last year’s spring training team.

      But hey, can’t blame me for believing! I’m impressed so far with their play this spring training, but then again… It’s spring training. Haha We’ll see.

      • Always believe, brother!

        I would love to see the Astros in the World Series again.

        • rovert22044 3 years ago

          Would be amazing! A man can only dream! Haha

  18. BrettLawrieBiggestFan 3 years ago

    BLue jays sign him for 1 mil. Watch it be the only offer. Trololol 

  19. BrettLawrieBiggestFan 3 years ago

    BLue jays sign him for 1 mil. Watch it be the only offer. Trololol 

  20. Joe 3 years ago

    lol oswalt would be a second starter on the tigers…

    • JacksTigers 3 years ago

      He’d be the third starter behind Verlander and the most underrated pitcher in baseball, Doug Fister.

    • JacksTigers 3 years ago

      He’d be number three.

  21. Awesome Anahiem Angels 3 years ago

    Angels?

  22. Giraffe Monsoon 3 years ago

     Bet his back is messed up. He’s not the same pitcher anymore.

  23. rayking 3 years ago

    He’s just saying “anywhere” so that the teams for which he wants to play may worry about someone else snagging him first. His actions with the Tigers, BoSox and Pirates this offseason undermine his statement.

  24. concernedcitizen20099 3 years ago

    Tigers do not need Oswalt
    Their rotation is loaded with Verlander, Fister, Scherzer and Porcello.

    Tigers #5 spot has 5 very good young pitchers competing for one opening:
    Turner, Smyly, Below, Wilks? Crosby?
    Any of those 5 will give as good or better results than an aging NL pitcher
    like Oswalt for the 400k major league minimum.

    Save the 5M or 10M for a deal for a fast leadoff 2B guy.

  25. DuhVo 3 years ago

    He should come to the Mets. Get rid of Pelf!!! I know this would never happen but I can dream.

  26. InLeylandWeTrust 3 years ago

    Still don’t know why he turned them down. Seems like the perfect fit. Great offense, open spot in the rotation, 10 mil (if the reported offer is accurate), and unless there is an unforeseen disaster, pretty much guaranteed to make the postseason.

  27. jwsox 3 years ago

    maybe he saw how John Smoltz flopped after switching to the AL after a career in the NL and doesnt want that to be him.

  28. PWNdroia 3 years ago

    I would not say “guaranteed to make the postseason” simply because that’s the weakest division and anything can happen.

  29. senior52 3 years ago

     Smoltz  was 64 years old when he left the braves.

  30. notsureifsrs 3 years ago

    that was true before the tigers were legit. now anything can happen…with second place

  31. InLeylandWeTrust 3 years ago

    “Anything can happen” meaning Verlander, Cabrera, and Fielder get hurt. If injuries bite them then sure, some team might be able to make a move. But they won’t be outplayed by KC, Minny, Chi, or Cle.

  32. rainyperez 3 years ago

    How about an Australian team? I hear the Netherlands teams are looking for a pitcher to anchor their staff.

  33. and recently had major pitching shoulder reconstructive surgery.

  34. imachainsaw 3 years ago

    oswalt’s no spring chicken

  35. PWNdroia 3 years ago

    A career 4.32 ERA, not to mention not any better than 4.80 the last two years, is throwing good?  His career WHIP is also 1.348 which I don’t consider good.

  36. Phillibuster 3 years ago

    Sounds plenty good for a #4/5 starter – especially when he averages 6 IP/start.  Sub-4.50 ERA on 6 IP equals a Quality Start every game, on average.

  37. PWNdroia 3 years ago

    Their pitching isn’t bad, but subtract Prince fielder and Miguel Cabrera and they have a lineup no better than the Tampa Bay Rays.  And I don’t consider those guys the most tip-top shape.  Also, Verlander will be good, but not a repeat of last year.  Indians will be in the hunt for first place, but only because the whole division isn’t as strong.

  38. PWNdroia 3 years ago

    Not when you’re on a contending team and your first three starters are Halladay, Lee, and Oswalt.  I guess it really depends where he pitches.

  39. Pawsdeep 3 years ago

    Peralta, avilla, boesch, young, and raburn all would like to have a word with you. They, and their numbers, would like to have a word with you.

    Detroits supporting cast of hitters will not be an issue. At all.

  40. notsureifsrs 3 years ago

    if you take out two of the best hitters in baseball their lineup doesn’t look so special?

    …that’s true (it would be kind of amazing if it weren’t, actually). but i don’t really see what you’re getting at. they do have two of the best hitters in baseball and plenty of competent bats around them. starting pitching is strong, division is very weak. barring disaster, it’s theirs

  41. notsureifsrs 3 years ago

    if you take out two of the best hitters in baseball their lineup doesn’t look so special?

    …that’s true (it would be kind of amazing if it weren’t, actually). but i don’t really see what you’re getting at. they do have two of the best hitters in baseball and plenty of competent bats around them. starting pitching is strong, division is very weak. barring disaster, it’s theirs

  42. chrisn313 3 years ago

    Tip top shape? They are two of the most durable players in all of baseball, neither misses more than a few (as in roughly 3) games per season.

  43. Phillibuster 3 years ago

    Just because your top 3 are aces, doesn’t mean your bottom 2 have to be.  It’s a logical fallacy that lots of people seem to fall into when thinking about Phillies pitching in recent years.

    Also, Oswalt had the highest ERA among Phillies starters in 2011.

  44. GOTIGERS24 3 years ago

    We had penny last year and his era was north of 5 I’d take a guy with a 3.69 era anyday

  45. PWNdroia 3 years ago

    They can have a word with me once you subtract Fielder and Cabrera because that’s the real reason they’re only hitting sub-par.

  46. PWNdroia 3 years ago

    KC and CLE have a lot of ifs, but if those ifs are good ifs, Detroit will be in jeopardy of the division.  The Twins are also in it too seeing as how they field a mediocre team over the last ten years that somehow occasionally reaches the postseason.

  47. Pawsdeep 3 years ago

    So a team slash line of .277/.434/.773 without fielder is sub par??? Are you serious??

    And don’t try and say it was ‘all Cabrera’. Inge’s .197/.283/.548 line was added into that team total too. Oh, and inge’s abysmal line is essentially replace in the lineup by prince fielder, so I’m sure they are gonna have trouble repeating production//sarcasm

    Yeah, I’m really worried about their supporting cast being sub par

  48. notsureifsrs 3 years ago

    everything those teams can do the tigers can do better

  49. HappyOgre 3 years ago

    Sounds Like You Are A Detroit Hater…Take Out 2 Future Hall Of Famers & Their Line Up Is Not Special…Take That Out Of Anybodys Lineup…The Fact Is They Are Not Out Of The Lineup & The Painful Truth 4u Is That They Are Going To CRUSH That Division!

  50. PWNdroia 3 years ago

    Where are you getting those stats from?  And if it’s 2011 stats, just be aware that V-Mart and Cabrera both brought up the talent of the team.

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