Found February 07, 2012 on
Not that it's particularly surprising news at this point, but WEEI's Rob Bradford says the Sox landing Roy Oswalt at this point looks really unlikely:
According to a major league source, there is 'no traction' in talks between the Red Sox and free agent pitcher Roy Oswalt. While there always remains a possibility the two sides could come to an agreement, such a scenario doesn't seem likely at this point.
The fact that nothing came of Roy Oswalt or Edwin Jackson (now signed with Washington) makes the timing of the Marco Scutaro trade all the more perplexing. Sure, we still had a few arbitration cases still out there (and still have the potential $4 million swing in the Ortiz decision), and it did free up the space to sign Cody Ross, but his deal didn't exactly break the bank.
I don't necessarily have anything against trading Scutaro -- he's getting older and likely to deteriorate or regress -- but more the process that we took to get there. Why then -- several weeks after dealing Jed Lowrie, but without a true plan for the money left over?
I don't blame Oswalt, either, for the record. If I were trying to build up my reputation before getting one last contract, I'd be looking at the NL Central too. It's a lot easier to put away the Pirates and Cubs than it is the Orioles and Blue Jays.
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The talks between the Red Sox and Roy Oswalt are seemingly at a standstill. Although the Red Sox have courted the veteran pitcher in recent weeks, there is "no traction" in the negotiations according to WEEI.com. It comes as little surprise, since Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said the team was unlikely to sign another starting pitcher last week. "We wouldn...
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...Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Red Sox, Reds and Phillies are among the teams who have remained in contact with the veteran right-hander. While Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington...
Speculation that aggressive Cincinnati has been in talks to sign free agent starting pitcher Roy Oswalt has heated up repeatedly in recent days. Not true, general manager Walt Jocketty claimed emphatically on Tuesday.
Phillies pitchers and catchers hold their first official workout in Clearwater, Fla., in just 10 days, and Roy Oswalt remains a pitcher without a rotation. Is there any chance he will return to Philadelphia?
<img align="left" border="0" src="http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/j/MSNBC/Components/Photo/_new/g-spt-110907-roy-oswalt-716p.thumb.jpg" alt="HBT: Cincinnati was in the hunt for Roy Oswalt, but Reds GM Walt Jocketty says, "The last we heard, he was going to Texas."" style="margin:0 5px 5px 0" />HBT: Cincinnati was in the...
Jayson Stark of ESPN.com said in a series of tweets that the Phillies were attempting to unload Joe Blanton in an attempt to clear salary space to keep Roy Oswalt.Verrrry interesting, to say the least. Who would that taker be, if they were able to find one? Undoubtedly, the Phillies would have to eat some, if not ALL, the remaining money on Blanton’s contract. Right now there does...
The Cincinnati Reds have jumped into the Roy Oswalt derby, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. On Saturday, it was rumored that the Reds had kicked the tires on Oswalt but it now appears their interest is more than just tire kicking.
For the Reds to make the deal work though, they would have to move some salary with the likely trade candidate being Homer Bailey and his $2.425mm...
HBT: Roy Oswalt remains linked to a handful of teams, but seemingly no one wants to admit that they’re actually close to signing him.
Roy Oswalt really, really wants to
pitch for the Cardinals.
Pitcher would offer an upgrade, but his acquisition could create