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Report: Diamondbacks, Royals interested in Oswalt

Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:03 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2011 1:04 pm

By Evan Brunell

Roy Oswalt appears to be a popular man.

Oswalt's agent, Bob Garber, is expected to meet with the Royals to discuss the righty on Tuesday or Wednesday, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick writes.

But Oswalt will have competition. The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro says the Diamondbacks are interested in Oswalt. Add in the Nationals and Phillies, who displayed prior interest, and the market is heating up for Oswalt. It would come as no surprise if other teams were in the hunt or eventually entered it.

The 34-year-old made 23 starts this past season, checking in with a 3.69 ERA for the Phillies. He missed time due to back problems and has also considered retirement, so he won't be looking for a long-term deal. He'll have to compromise on whatever deal he gets, though. Teams aren't going to guarantee tens of millions of dollars to Oswalt, not after his back problem was a significant problem in 2011. In addition, Oswalt isn't the same pitcher he once was. He's no longer an ace and better fits in as the No. 2 or 3 starter on a staff. Any deal will likely be incentive-laden, giving Oswalt money based on his ability to stay on the field.

The Royals are aggressive this winter in looking for pitching, already trading for Giants starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez. But the team needs more, and Oswalt would be a solid veteran presence. But is he really interested in playing for the Royals, who aren't thought to be contenders in 2012? While the future is bright in K.C., it's still far enough in the future that Oswalt may prefer a team closer to contending. Of the other teams to display interest, the Diamondbacks more closely fit that profille -- but can 'Zona pony up the dollars to sign Oswalt?

While Oswalt's market is heating up, don't expect a resolution anytime soon. Oswalt's better served by waiting things out as its likely his market would only improve. Teams such as the Red Sox, Rangers and Yankees could jump in the fray at any moment, and would certainly look into Oswalt should they strike out on their top pitching targets.

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Since: Aug 25, 2008
Posted on: November 20, 2011 5:50 pm

Report: Diamondbacks, Royals interested in Oswalt

exactly nymetfan23. thx for the thumbs up. he has overpaid in the past, but he did so to put the most competitive team he could on the field based on the dollars he had to spend. while building the farm system from zero as well as the scouting department. for those who think dayton moore is a washout, fine. take your thoughts, opinions and bullsh*t somewhere else. i am a dayton moore fan and have been since the day he was hired. i've also been a royal fan since their inception back in 69. so i've lived thru the good, bad and really bad. this man has this team back on track. and david glass is behind him 100%. how do i know? because i had the opprotunity to talk with mr. glass outside the kansas city board of trade building. he freely admitted that in the early years he ran the team like walmart. and why not? that's what he knew and it worked. in retail, but not baseball. but he canned allard baird, hire dayton and told him, run my team like i know you can. the results are evident. how many other teams have been able to sign scott boras clients like dayton? how many other teams with a small market have the premiere farm system? scouting dept? i'll stick by my team and "stand by my man". Thx again nymetfan23. appreciate the support.

Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2011 8:01 pm

Report: Diamondbacks, Royals interested in Oswalt

He has also developed the best farm system in baseball.  From the majors down the Royals have serious talent.    As a Royals fan I'll take my chances with Dayton's decision making. 

Since: Jul 10, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 7:04 pm

Report: Diamondbacks, Royals interested in Oswalt

While Dayton Moore has a history of overpaying for unproven or unpredictable talent, this would almost be to good to be true. 

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