According to Peter Gammons, free agent pitcher Roy Oswalt told the Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays that he wouldn’t be interested in pursuing a contract with either club. Instead, the former Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies starter will meet with the Texas Rangers today to discuss a deal. He’s also believed to currently be weighing an offer from the St. Louis Cardinals.
Conspicuous by their absence from the Oswalt rumour mongering are the Boston Red Sox, who were believed to be very interested in Oswalt earlier this off season. According to Jon Heyman, the right handed pitcher turned down a one year offer for $10 million from the Detroit Tigers, stating a preference for playing closer to home in the South, which one assumes would also preclude the Red Sox.
Despite declining velocity in his fastball, Oswalt’s revised use of off speed pitches has proven that he can still be a very relevant pitcher. At times last year, Oswalt struggled in Philadelphia, but after coming back from a back injury, he went on to pitch incredibly well, striking out 51 batters while walking only 15 in 67 and two third innings. He’s expected to sign a deal similar to the one that the Tigers are rumoured to have offered.