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Friday, May 18, 2012

Roy Oswalt Discussion Heating Up, Again

Roy Oswalt
Roy Oswalt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, Roy Oswalt is once again on the Red Sox radar. Apparently the unsigned free agent threw a bullpen for the Sox this week in Mississippi and the Phillies last week.

This has been an ongoing discussion since the offseason but at this point it seems more of a check up than anything else. With the Red Sox rotation as well as the bullpen coming together, there doesn't appear to be a use for Oswalt at the moment.

The report from FOXSports.com also says that Oswalt appeared healthy and in good shape but wasn't quite in regular season form, which is to be expected.

If the Sox were thinking about signing the 35 year old, it would likely be Daniel Bard or Felix Doubront losing their spot in the rotation when he's ready, with Bard seemingly the favorite due to his experience in the bullpen.

I'm not convinced though that the Red Sox would be better suited with Oswalt over Bard. The latter has been productive, with expected ruffles, but he has the second lowest ERA among the teams starters and has done nothing lately to warrant concern that he can't handle the rotation. Maybe it's a move to shore up the late innings but there hasn't been a big problem there recently either.

The inevitable returns of Dice-K and Aaron Cook complicate the situation even further. I understand the never ending need for pitching depth but where do you put all of these arms? I'm not sure a 35 year old Roy Oswalt would be open to pitching in AAA for the remainder of the season.

It sorta strikes me as convenient timing for this story to surface, with the Red Sox heading into Philadelphia for a series with the Phil's tonight. Don't be surprised if, like several times this season, nothing comes of it.



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