Originally posted on PRO Rumors  |  Last updated 2/24/12
Roy Oswalt who was being pursued by the Cardinals, Rangers and Red Sox among other teams, has informed them that he is going to sit out the beginning of the season, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports. Crasnick notes that Oswalt will continue to workout and stay in shape with the goal of becoming the new Roger Clemens and signing with a contender midseason. Oswalt's agent, Bob Garber, released this statement Thursday afternoon. “After much thought and careful consideration, Roy has decided to continue to evaluate his options,” Garber said in the statement. “He is in great health and will continue to stay in shape, while throwing regularly off the mound. Roy has every intention of pitching for a contending club at some point this season.” Derrick Goold of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch caught up with Lance Berkman today, a long time teammate of Oswalt's, said that the money situations was not right for Oswalt to sign right now. “I think he feels like that he can get the same money in half a season as he could in a full season and he’s probably right.” In 2011, Oswalt went 9-10 while posting a 3.69 era in 139 innings with the Phillies. He did average a career low with 6.0 strike outs per 9 innings and is coming off a series of injuries. Oswalt earned $16mm last season and made $1,777,777.78 for every win or $172,043,01 for every strikeout. Image taken by Matthew Straubmuller and used under the Creative Common License Agreement.
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