In what can be described as a bit of a shocker, the Baltimore Orioles have interest in free agent pitcher Roy Oswalt, according to Jon Heyman.

Oswalt, who has been linked to the Rangers, Red Sox, and Phillies over the last few weeks, would be a huge addition to a young and over-achieving rotation for the O’s, who currently lead the AL East by one game over the Tampa Bay Rays. Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen, Brian Matusz, Tommy Hunter and Dana Eveland haven’t exactly been spectacular for the O’s this season, compiling a 17-13 record with an ERA of 4.31. The bullpen has been the strong suit for the team, posting a 2.31 ERA and 7.17 K/9.

The three-time All-Star had his 2012 option declined by the Phillies this past off season. He has recorded 20 wins a season twice, both with the Astros.

On this date last season, Baltimore was 22-24, last in the division.  They haven’t been to the playoffs since the 1997 season, when they failed to make it past the Indians in the ALCS.