West Notes: Oswalt, Giants, Overbay, Dodgers

Rangers pitcher Roy Oswalt was reportedly unhappy about being relegated to the Texas bullpen, leading Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports and others to suggest that the veteran put his concerns aside for the sake of the team.  Morosi stopped short of saying that the Rangers should part ways with the veteran, but that notion has undoubtedly crossed the minds of fans who have watched Oswalt struggle this far with his new club.  Here’s more out on Oswalt and some items out of the NL West as well..

  • Oswalt and Rangers manager Ron Washington met Tuesday and both seemed satisfied that the right-hander is ready to help the bullpen in any way possible, writes Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com.  The soon-to-be 35-year-old has also said that he never requested a trade from the club during any point of their disagreement.
  • The Giants have looked into signing first baseman Lyle Overbay, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle (via Twitter).  However, the Giants would like the first baseman to get some work at Triple-A Fresno first and so far he is not eager to do that.  Overbay was released by the D’Backs yesterday and Reds GM Walt Jocketty says that he isn’t interested in his services.
  • The new Dodgers ownership has made it clear that they are willing to spend big in order to win, and this may just be the tip of the iceberg, writes Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.  Heyman adds that the Dodgers were not only willing to eat the remainder of Cliff Lee‘s sizable contract but offered players in exchange for him as well.


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20 Comments on "West Notes: Oswalt, Giants, Overbay, Dodgers"


patburn
3 years 25 days ago

Hey Oswalt, try pitching a full season before you start any of this crap again.

sherrilltradedooverexperience
3 years 25 days ago

Thank goodness the dodgers filled out their outfield to ensure they won’t be “eating” Jason Bay.

Gumby65
3 years 25 days ago

Oh you can be sure he’d be a Dodger if Ned was playing with McCourt money.

mgsports
3 years 25 days ago

Then they should have given Phil an offer they couldn’t refuse.

dylanp5030
3 years 25 days ago

Which would be what? They have 1 blue chip prospect who is no game changer at this point.

mgsports
3 years 25 days ago

Baldwin and so on.

JulianW
3 years 25 days ago

You mean the guy hitting .202 with 146 strikeouts in 97 games for A-level ball? Not exactly a blue-chipper, sir.

Tmandolfan
3 years 25 days ago

Unless they were willing to part with Matt Kemp the Dodgers simply don’t have the players to offer the Phillies to make it worthwhile and unlike the Marlins, not everybody, is selling off players for 10 cents on the dollar.

3 years 25 days ago

Dodgers aren’t selling their players 10 cents on the dollar either.

Crucisnh
3 years 25 days ago

I’m not sure that I’d call letting the Dodgers take 100% of Lee’s remaining contract off the Phillies’ hands as “10 cents on the dollar”. I’d say that it’s a great deal for the Phils’, if the Phillies were looking for salary relief.

Lunchbox45
3 years 25 days ago

you cant lose a player like lee for nothing.

even vernon wells brought back value

Crucisnh
3 years 25 days ago

Complete relief from his remaining salary is NOT nothing.

Lunchbox45
3 years 25 days ago

you make it sound like he’s barry zito.

sure he’s high paid, but he’s an elite pitcher.

Crucisnh
3 years 25 days ago

No, it was you who inferred that I was in some way saying that Lee wasn’t an elite pitcher. I implied no such thing.

However, the point cannot be dismissed that when you have an elite player making HUGE bucks on a long term deal, simply being able to offload that player’s entire remaining salary can be a major “return” all by itself, if your team is looking for salary relief.

3 years 25 days ago

lol matt kemp thats funny

bigpat
3 years 25 days ago

That’s just Roy being Roy, can’t say I’m surprised.

3 years 25 days ago

If the Dodgers offered blue chip prospects, ie pitcher, 3B & OF, the Phils should’ve made the deal. Lee’s stats this year,W-L aren’t good but what he provides is more than that. I’m a Phillies fan & the only reason I can think of them not letting Lee go is a handshake promise to Hamels.

dylanp5030
3 years 25 days ago

Or the fact that he could veto the trade…or the fact that Dodgers don’t have an MLB ready 3B and CF that would interest the Phillies. But, if the Dodgers offered Z. Lee for C. Lee and they’d pay all of his salary plus Cliff agreed to it, then I would have done it.
Or, Ruben could say, “Hey, you guys have a lot of money, why don’t you take Ryan Howard too? He likes to hit homeruns.”

Andrew Rodig
3 years 25 days ago

If Overbay gets signed by the Giants and it means the end of Huff for good, I’m all for it.

Leonard Washington
3 years 25 days ago

Oswalt should probably just zip it. If he had played from the beginning of the season he would have had more breathing room, you don’t jump onto a division leader and expect to stick around the rotation long while your stinking it up. Unless your Yu Darvish.