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.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) May 24, 2012
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.