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Oswalt, Jackson turned down Pirates' offers

Posted on: February 8, 2012 12:20 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2012 2:00 pm
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Edwin JacksonBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Remember when the Pirates were accused of hoarding their money and not trying to spend any money to get better?

Well, now they're willing  to pay -- but nobody wants their money.

Well, that's a little extreme. I'd take it, you'd take it. But neither Roy Oswalt nor Edwin Jackson would take it. Both players turned down, despite offers as much as $10 million, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Jackson, who took a one-year, $10 million from the Nationals last week, was offered deals for both one and three years, with the three-year deal being "slightly less" per year than the one-year deal.

Roy OswaltOswalt on the other hand, is still unsigned, but turned down the Pirates.

The Pirates' opening-day payroll is expected to be around $48 million -- the lowest in the National League Central.

Pittsburgh led the NL Central -- which send two teams to the playoffs and is home to the World Series champs -- as late July 25, but finished fourth with a record of 72-90, for its 19th consecutive losing season.

One of the reasons the Pirates faltered late was its starting pitching, which stumbled down the stretch. Pirates starters were 35-28 with a 3.62 ERA in the first half of the season and 14-33 with a 5.04 in the second half.

Pittsburgh added lefty Erik Bedard as a free-agent, but his injury history makes him tough to count on for a full season. With Charlie Morton's availability for the start of the season in doubt, Bedard may be the team's opening-day starter. James McDonald, Kevin Correia and Jeff Karstens likely round out the rotation.

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Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:56 pm

Oswalt, Jackson turned down Pirates' offers

An article was just posted about the Tampa Bay Rays, and that they have six starters for five slots (oh, for the Mets to have such problems, sigh). Without knowing a ton about the Pirates farm/starting players, maybe they could trade for the guy the Rays deem as 'available'? Just sayin'.

The Pirates have a beautiful ballpark & the city is great as well. It would be fun to see them do well. 

Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:44 pm

Oswalt, Jackson turned down Pirates' offers

Obviously, only high class gentlemen resort to personal attacks regarding welfare checks.  I will work harder next time.  And those super-funny, highly intuitive posts truly did destroy the morale of all Philly fans.  I am currently organizing a support group to avoid any possible depression-related acts.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:23 am

Oswalt, Jackson turned down Pirates' offers

Geologistbryan.  See, you can only tear us apart.  You can't even defend your won fan base when I destroy them.  That shows that you must agree.  Plus, your post proves that you fans from Philly are nothing but low class idiots.  I am sure that you are frustrated because your welfare check is about to run out and you can't wait until the first of the month to get a new one.

Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:56 am

Oswalt, Jackson turned down Pirates' offers

It's nice that you went to all that trouble to rationalize the fact that the Pirates ARE losers.  You jackasses out west do not understand sports, and apparently you don't understand sarcasm either.

I'm basing my vote for the next governor on which candidate will give you Mountain Dew-drinking meth heads to another state. 

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:43 pm

Oswalt, Jackson turned down Pirates' offers

Geologistbryan. I would only expect a response like that from a Philadelphia fan.  Your fan base proves time and time again that you are the worst in the country and always will be.  Your entire population is nothing but trash.

Apparently you haven't paid attention to the attendance at PNC Park.  The Marlins are never higher than Pittsburgh.  Being that the ownership has run this team in to the ground, it is certain that they have received plenty of support from a frustrated fan base.

That being said, the Pirates as an organization do deserve these rejections form the pitchers.  Up until last year, they have proven time and time again to be sellers and not buyers.  They have bred the feeling towards the Pirates that they are losers and will never win again because of ownership not putting money back in to the team.  Until they win with there young players consistently, no respectable star will ever willingly come to Pittsburgh.  Just
because they have decided to spend some money, instead of keeping it for themselves, doesn't mean the rest of the majors will believe them.  They are one of the first ownership groups in baseball. 

It is frustrating for me to see my team being ran like this.  They got the county and state to pony up money for a new stadium, yet still haven't reached the payroll level they were at in Three Rivers Stadium.  As much as I want to see the Pirates do well, I don't mind seeing these players sending ownership a message that they are viewed as losers.  However, that is the veiw of the owners, not the team or fan base.  Morons like Brian can't see the difference.


Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:43 am

Oswalt, Jackson turned down Pirates' offers

The people of Pittsburgh deserve exactly what they got.  Those front-running idiots were all over the stadium until they started losing and then they made the Marlins attendance look profitable.  Pittsburgh fans are the least educated fans in the entire country and I can only hope they get to witness the 20th (and 21st, and 22nd, and all the way up to 51st) losing season in their team's illustrious history.

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:37 am

Oswalt, Jackson turned down Pirates' offers

That's the sad part too, Pittsburgh has some of the best sports fans in the world and they have an absolutely beautiful ballpark as well. Other than Yankee Stadium, its the ballpark I've seen the most games at. Always a good time, good bars around the stadium, cheap food, and fireworks. Pirates ownership should be ashamed of themselves for pocketing their profits and not giving the people of Pittsburgh the team they deserve.

As far as Oswalt, there is no doubt he has been a great NL pitcher, but his career stats are inflated from playing in weak divisions most of his career. A hundred or so matchups against the Pirates over the past decade sure have helped. Having the pitcher in the 9-hole the whole time has helped too. If Roy was a real man he would accept the Red Sox offer (the best offer on the table, the team that needs him the most), but instead he says he only wants to play for St. Louis or Cincy. HE IS SCUUUUUURRRRED TO DEATH of the AL East, I'd predict a +4.00 ERA without breaking a sweat if he had to play Tampa, Toronto, and NY 2-3 times a season each.

Since: Feb 1, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:36 am

Oswalt, Jackson turned down Pirates' offers

not surprising. pirates have a nice park but not i nice team all though i love cutch and walker

Since: Jan 29, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:42 am

Oswalt, Jackson turned down Pirates' offers

It is a beautiful ballpark I might add.

Since: Jan 29, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:13 am

Oswalt, Jackson turned down Pirates' offers

I would not want to pitch for the Pirates as long as the current owner is there. He does not care at all about this team. I wish we had the power to fire owners. This idiot would be the first one that needs to go.

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