Originally written on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 11/1/14
Mlb_jun_01_77e0

Every morning we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

The 34-year-old right-hander is exactly what the Red Sox need. He’s a proven veteran with an extensive track record and a history of big-game experience.

The three-time All-Star has finished in the top six of the Cy Young voting six times in 11 seasons and boasts a lifetime record of 159-93 with a 3.69 ERA.

The fact that he’s willing to play next season on a one-year contract before jumping back into free agency in 2013 is a gift from above as the Red Sox methodically conduct this offseason under patient general manager Ben Cherington.

Herald | One year of Roy Oswalt fits in with Sox' plan

Yesterday, Roy Oswalt announced he'd be willing to take a one-year deal to help re-establish his market value. Hopefully, Ben Cherington had a similar reaction as John Tomase did.

He is indeed a good fit. Yes, he'd push us into luxury tax territory. But isn't this the kind of risk that's worth taking? One year for a proven veteran who isn't always hurt (Sox management usually prefers the latter, though). He'd get a big-time spotlight to help with his next free agent push (not that he couldn't get that in Philadelphia). The change of scenery would at least show that he can do it in the AL -- if indeed he can do it in the AL.

The only way Oswalt isn't a good fit is if such a signing would make it harder to fill the bullpen appropriately. I've already talked about my distaste for Francisco Cordero, and I feel the same way about Ryan Madson, so that's not what I mean. If we're not signing a guy like Oswalt, I'd rather see us bring in a handful of relatively strong relievers and hope a couple stick. I know, that sounded dangerously close to closer-by-committee, but we're a little short on options at this point. (Or we could roll the dice on the bullpen cheaply and make a run at Yoenis Cespedes, but that's for another day.)

I'm not head over heels for Oswalt or anything. He only pitched 133 innings last year, and is getting older. After toiling away in obscurity for years, he dazzled in 82 innings for Philadelphia in 2010. Maybe he enjoys the spotlight. We should at least see if he'd be interested in our spotlight. As always, the price tag is important, but if we could get a big year out of him without any long-term risk, that would be pretty great.

Globe | Can the Red Sox make a major move? | ESPNBoston | Adrian Gonzalez has positive outlook | CSNNE | Red Sox now escalating their search for pitching | Cespedes, possible Sox target, to accept bids next month | Source: Sox shifting Bogar to bench coach

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Corey Brewer: We got our butt kicked, it was embarrassing

Brian Kelly hints Notre Dame will have fast offense

John Madden: Last play of Super Bowl will 'torment' Pete Carroll

Cristiano Ronaldo nets hat trick, sets career high for goals

WATCH: Cormier tells Jones to get his s-- together

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Fans holding 'Free Tom Brady Rally' at Gillette Stadium

Josh Hamilton to be activated by Rangers

WATCH: Top CB recruit makes insane catch doing backflip

Biggest surprises of the MLB season

Marcus Mariota leads NFL in jersey sales for May

Report: Scott Skiles frontrunner for Magic coaching job

Seahawks fan starts GoFundMe for Russell Wilson's contract

Billy Donovan thanks Florida fans with full-page ad

WATCH: Daniel Cormier gets into it with Ryan Bader

Jim Harbaugh compares his driving to Jeff Gordon's

WATCH: High school seals win with perfect hidden ball trick

Warriors crush Rockets in Houston to take 3-0 series lead

WATCH: D'Angelo Russell whiffs on horrible golf swing

Brian Matusz ejected for having foreign substance on arm

PHOTO: Don Cherry wears wild suit even for his taste

PHOTOS: Gigantic sinkhole at Jack Nicklaus golf course

WATCH: Memphis player catches defense sleeping, scores

WATCH: Astros turn around-the-horn triple play

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Kelly drops hint about ND offense

John Madden: Last SB play will 'torment' Carroll

Eight biggest surprises of the MLB season

Bryan Price ejected before first pitch

Vin Scully narrates marriage proposal

Pats fan's obituary defends Brady

Marlins players skip own charity event

John Wall tells All-NBA Team voters to ‘keep sleeping’

Jim Kelly: No doubt Tom Brady cheated

Post-combine NBA Draft big board: Top 30

Ex-players sue NFL for conspiring to push painkillers

Astros surprising, but can get better with Correa

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.