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Oswalt may be headed south in locale & dollars

Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:01 am
Edited on: January 28, 2012 1:31 am
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Longtime pitching star Roy Oswalt, who seems to have very strong geographic leanings, turned down a very large one-year offer of about $10 million from the Detroit Tigers, sources told CBSSports.com, and Oswalt is instead eyeing several other teams, most of them much closer to his southern roots, including the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals.

Oswalt's main criteria seems to be proximity to his home in Mississippi. Other teams said to be in the running include the Red Sox and Nationals, but indications are that he prefers the Rangers and Cardinals. Above all else, the locale seems to be the key to him as his decision nears. Otherwise, how to explain the out-and-out rejection of the powerhouse Tigers?

The issue seems to be that the two teams he seems to most prefer -- the Rangers and Cardinals -- aren't perfect fits. Neither currently has an opening for a starting pitcher, though it's possible either team might try to make one for him. One report, from @Jim_Duquette, suggested the Cardinals are the frontrunner.

One thing is certain, and that is that he won't be a Tiger. Detroit's offer, which was made well before they came out of nowhere to sign Prince Fielder to a $214-million, nine-year deal, is no longer on the table.

Though Oswalt's agent Bob Garber denied it, one other person familiar with the Tigers' discussions with regarding said Oswalt declined to accept Detroit's offer of about $10-million after it met Garber's asking price. That person said Garber requested $10 million, but after Tigers owner Mike Ilitch signed off on the $10 million, Garber later informed Detroit that Oswalt was not prepared to take the offer. Garber denied by text that he had asked for $10 million, saying, "I never gave the Tigers a number.''

Garber added that Oswalt has "his top three (teams) he's still focused on.''

He didn't name the three teams. But it's hard to bet on the Red Sox, who like Detroit is in the north, and what's more, are believed to have offered nothing close to the $10 million Tigers bid (the belief is that Boston's offer is closer to $5 million).

Texas and St. Louis seem more likely at this point. The Rangers, who already have six viable starters, would insist he take their price, which would presumably be less than even Boston's price. Nolan Ryan and pitching coach Mike Maddux are both Oswalt fans (Ryan like Oswalt was an Astros star and knows him well) so they may do it if he'd take a fraction of the $10 million he turned down.

The Cardinals don't have an overwhelming need for another starter, either. But St. Louis has talked to both him and another free agent, Edwin Jackson.

The Astros, his former team, were mentioned as a possibility in one report. And they certainly would fit his geographic preferences. But that report was denied by someone close to Oswalt.

Oswalt has such strong ties to his home area that he left the Phillies last year for eight days after his hometown was wracked by a hurricane even though his own home didn't suffer significant damage. Oswalt, who also battled back trouble last year, at one point last year ruminated about retirement last year.

Had he done so, he would have missed one of the most interesting free-agent plays in recent memory.



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Since: Feb 27, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:23 pm
 

Oswalt may be headed south in locale & dollars

There are no teams in Ole Miss Roy. Arlington is still 450 miles away from Gulf port. Don't know where in MS he lives. He has already proven he doesn't have the stuff or the heart to pitch anymore. If he wants to be home the just retire. I would not give this guy 10 million on a 1 year contract. There are still better options out there. he would be an avg pitcher in the american League.



Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2012 8:40 pm
 

Oswalt may be headed south in locale & dollars

I can understand why Oswalt left to be with his family last year; I supported the decision and praised him for it to friends and family.  But that, on top of turning down a WS-contender in the Tigers?  The dude's heart is just not in winning a championship, and he isn't exactly the clubhouse leader you need to help bring along young kids.  Lee or Moyer?  Sure.  But Oswalt was the exact opposite, always sitting apart, etc.  Put those two incidents together and I don't think anyone is really serious about going anywhere near this guy now.  I think Roy Story 2 is over.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 4:12 pm
 

Oswalt may be headed south in locale & dollars

Seriously?  This guy good enough that the team, and you apparently, really, really wanted him.  But he said no thanks (The shock!  The horror!) and he immediately turns into a 5.55 ERA guy.  You know that's incredibly goofy, right?

Dude, just because the girl didn't want to go out with you doesn't mean you should key her car.  At least she was polite instead of embarrassing you in front of your friends. 

Let it go.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 4:08 pm
 

Oswalt may be headed south in locale & dollars

I love how people make win predictions with absolutely no basis - especially when you don't even know what team a guy will be on.  You can predict individual performance (ERA, WHIP, etc.) a lot better than you can predict wins, which are primarily a team stat.  Ask Tim Lincecum, who dropped his ERA by 3/4 of a run and went from 16-10 to 13-14 last year. 



Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:16 am
 

Oswalt may be headed south in locale & dollars

Actually, Duncan is still with the Cards, but is taking a leave to take care of his family, specifically, his wife. There is no timetable for his return, but he is still under contract this year and the hope is that he'll return this year. Still, not sure if/how that would effect Oswalt signing. I agree that you can never have enough pitching. Weswtbrook and Lohse are average, Wainwright looks good early, but coming back from Tommy John, and Carp getting older all the time. Who knows?



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:09 am
 

Oswalt may be headed south in locale & dollars

Something happened to Oswalt this year after getting off to a teriffic start. He could of had a career year.  But after that tornado hit his home town again, his head seemed to be out of the game the rest of the year.  I'm glad we had him hear in Philly for the time we did and thought he did a great job. But I agree with a couple of the post that say he seemed to have lost the will to compete.  I don't know why he would have turned down a 10 million dollar offer from the Tigers.  I'd be shocked if anyone else was willing to pay him that much money for one year.


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