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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3 years 4 months ago

Kansas City needs to jump on this opportunity.

3 years 4 months ago

Just waiting for the Phils to trade Blanton 

PWNdroia
3 years 4 months ago

Who would want him?

3 years 4 months ago

Except Pittsburgh I guess…

Ian_Smell
3 years 4 months ago

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

GOTIGERS24
3 years 4 months 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 4 months ago

They already tried that and got turned down.

GOTIGERS24
3 years 4 months 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 4 months ago

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

GOTIGERS24
3 years 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago

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

GOTIGERS24
3 years 4 months 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 4 months ago

*fister

Phillibuster
3 years 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago

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

Pawsdeep
3 years 4 months 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 4 months ago

Mr. I?

Pawsdeep
3 years 4 months ago

Ahhhhh! Thank you–fixed

inleylandwetrust
3 years 4 months ago

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

Snoochies8
3 years 4 months 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.

Runtime
3 years 4 months ago

August 1st….

2015

baseball52
3 years 4 months ago

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

101andCounting
3 years 4 months ago

Paging Jim Hendry. Paging Jim Hendry.

Lunchbox45
3 years 4 months ago

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

schaddy24
3 years 4 months ago

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

stl_cards16
3 years 4 months 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.

Karkat
3 years 4 months ago

Roy, just stop it.

Signed,
A Red Sox fan/jilted lover

rainyperez
3 years 4 months 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 4 months 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..

3 years 4 months ago

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

3 years 4 months ago

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.

3 years 4 months ago

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 4 months 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

Pawsdeep
3 years 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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.

formerdraftpick
3 years 4 months ago

How about Pittsburgh?  Oh wait…he already declined.

Lunchbox45
3 years 4 months 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 .

pft2
3 years 4 months 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

3 years 4 months ago

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.

JacksTigers
3 years 4 months ago

All I heard was “Tigers.”

rovert22044
3 years 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 Bresser
3 years 4 months ago

potential to be better than the mets..maybe.

rainyperez
3 years 4 months 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 4 months 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.

3 years 4 months ago

Always believe, brother!

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

rovert22044
3 years 4 months ago

Would be amazing! A man can only dream! Haha

BrettLawrieBiggestFan
3 years 4 months ago

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

BrettLawrieBiggestFan
3 years 4 months ago

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

josh
3 years 4 months ago

lol oswalt would be a second starter on the tigers…

JacksTigers
3 years 4 months ago

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

JacksTigers
3 years 4 months ago

He’d be number three.