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Oswalt pulls a Clemens, prepares for half-season

Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:19 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2012 4:07 pm
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By Matt Snyder


Free agent starting pitcher Roy Oswalt has told major-league teams that he's aiming to join a club at some point during the season.

"After much thought and careful consideration, Roy has decided to continue to evaluate his options," said Oswalt's agent, Bob Garber in a statement. "He is great health and will continue to stay in shape, while throwing regularly off the mound. Roy has every intention of pitching for a contending club at some point this season.''

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You might recall Roger Clemens did the midseason thing twice last decade. In May of 2006, he signed with the Astros and went 7-6 with a 2.30 ERA that season. In May of 2007, Clemens signed with the Yankees, going 6-6 with a 4.18 ERA. He made a postseason start, too, but was chased after just 2 1/3 innings.

Oswalt, 34, wasn't lacking for attention this offseason, as he turned down a one-year, $10 million from the Tigers and also declined to discuss terms with the Red Sox. Oswalt is said to want to be as close as possible to his home in Mississippi, specifically targeting the Cardinals and Rangers -- neither of whom were interested or met Oswalt's asking price. As CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler noted on Twitter, Garber didn't specify which "contending club" Oswalt wished to join, and it's believed he still only wants to pitch for the Rangers or Cardinals. So he's basically waiting on an injury or underperformance to open up a rotation spot on either team.

He was once one of the more durable pitchers in baseball. From 2002-2010, he only failed to make 30 starts one season while throwing at least 208 innings in seven of those nine campaigns. Last season, however, Oswalt was hampered by a back injury and made just 23 starts. He was 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 93 strikeouts in 139 innings. In his one postseason start, he took the loss, allowing six hits and five runs in six innings against the Cardinals.

Oswalt is 159-93 with a 3.21 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 1,759 strikeouts in his career. He's a three-time All-Star and finished in the top six of Cy Young voting six times, but never better than third. He's pitched in the playoffs four different seasons, two with the Astros and two with the Phillies, once making the World Series (2005 Astros) but never winning it.

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Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:08 am
 

Oswalt pulls a Clemens, prepares for half-season

I agree with Roy's decision. He did not compare himself with Clemens the writer did that just saying it is similar to what Clemens did. He is not saying he is as good as Clemens. Besides its his right to choose when and where he pitches. I think it refreshing that he is not a money grubbing whore who just wants to follow the money. Good for him!




Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:44 am
 

Oswalt pulls a Clemens, prepares for half-season

Gimme a V, gimme an A, G-I-N-A. What's that spell???? Roy Oswalt!!!!!



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:27 am
 

Oswalt pulls a Clemens, prepares for half-season

He turned down two very good offers for two potential playoff bound teams (although the Red Sucks are a question this year), he didn't get a reasonable offer from the two teams he wanted, Texas and the Cards, so now he thinks that in the middle of the season a playoff bound team with a possible pitching need will hire him mid stream.  Good luck Roy.  Sorry but right now you're not a $10mil one year pitcher, you bring that number down to Earth, at about $7 mill for the year and maybe you'll get some offers.  This playoff hunt will only hurt your chances for next year, kill your legacy, and possibly set you up in the retirement line.


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Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:41 am
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Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 7:43 am
 

Oswalt pulls a Clemens, prepares for half-season

Not sure what he is thinking right now. The offer he turned down from Detroit was basically a 1 or 2 day offer and was taken off the table once they signed Prince. I like Oswalt but his diva like actions and waiting for midseason to make his decision is non-sense. He is no Clemens and hasn't won 300 games like Roger did. When you have 20 yrs of mlb experience in then you can call the shots but when you have had a down yr and back problems you should take the closest offer to what your wanting right away. The phone might not be ringing in July like he hopes because there are a lot of 9 win starters out there. Good luck Roy..



Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:19 am
 

Oswalt pulls a Clemens, prepares for half-season

I agree with the last post. Ragging on Oswalt makes no sense- he's made it clear that he's not strictly interested in selling himself to the highest bidder; he wants to play where he's comfortable. Good for him. I suspect those of you complaining here also complain about athletes being greedy bastards with no loyalty.



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:25 pm
 

Oswalt pulls a Clemens, prepares for half-season

I don't understand the player-hating going on downthread.  Roy Oswalt is free to pitch or not pitch for whatever team he likes.  You know, that whole "free agent" thing.  He obviously isn't hurting for money and can withstand sitting out for a few months.  Should the Rangers or Cardinals come calling mid-season, he'll be happy.  Should neither of those teams need his services, I'm sure some other team in the thick of the pennant chase will give him what he wants.  Or pretty close to it.  Besides, after spending half the season at home in Mississippi, moving to a team further away won't be such a burden.

Good luck, Roy.  I'm sure we'll be seeing you on a major league mound before long.



Since: Jan 28, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 8:45 pm
 

Oswalt pulls a Clemens, prepares for half-season

Roy has a rather high opinion of himself...

win 300 games, then you can talk...

what a douche...



Since: Mar 26, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 8:31 pm
 

Oswalt pulls a Clemens, prepares for half-season

Eff this pompous a-hole.  I hope Oswalt suffers a career ending injury while walking around his house during his off season.  He is no Clemens.  He stinks and is old.  He's too good to sign with Detroit, eh?  Eff you Roy.  If he stays healthy, I hope the the 30 teams collude to keep him out a la Barry Bonds.


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