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Red Sox stepping up pursuit of Oswalt?

Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:26 am
Edited on: March 5, 2012 9:40 am

By Dayn Perry

It’s been assumed for some time that the semi-coveted Roy Oswalt would wait until well into the season to sign and thus ape Roger Clemens’s strategy from 2007, when the Yankees paid him $17.4 million to pitch 99 innings from June onward (and bring Suzyn Waldman to the brink of ecstatic madness).

Now, however, the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo reports that the Red Sox could “put on a full-court press” for the 34-year-old right-hander. Cafardo reports that the intensity of said full-court press could be influenced by closer Andrew Bailey’s strained lat and whether or not Daniel Bard, who’s slated for rotation duty this season, is forced back into a relief role as a result. Given Bailey’s injury, Bard’s somewhat limited repertoire and the terminal health concerns of Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz, Boston may need Oswalt more than St. Louis and Texas -- the other two teams for whom he’s reportedly willing to play. Hence the urgency. 

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Since: Mar 5, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:44 pm

Red Sox stepping up pursuit of Oswalt?

I've seen this before. Oswalt doesn't want to pitch for a contender. Too much work & pressure. The Tigers went after him...they even had Verlander call him and try to talk him into coming to Detroit. Oswalt turned them down flat. What he wants now is to pitch for a bad team, make as much as possible and then go home after the season. This guy is washed up & looking for the biggest paycheck possible without having to break a sweat. If you are at all interested in winning, Oswalt is definitely not your guy.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:46 pm

Red Sox stepping up pursuit of Oswalt?

Fact is Roy doesn`t want any part of Boston, the AL East or that media circus unless he`s ridiculously overpaid. Basically the Red Sawx would have to go Kevin Brown contract and throw in private jet use back to MS or whatever bog Roy calls home. Besides Bobby V will tell ya all is well with Aceves & Bard 2 relievers as his #4 & 5 assuming Buchholz stays healthy. Paging grandpa Wakefield...
It`s gonna be a great season, can`t wait!  

Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:05 pm

Red Sox stepping up pursuit of Oswalt?

This is what happens when you go into a year with 3 SP of note on your roster.  You get desperate.  How we didn't make a play for anyone, let alone the two someones we'll need (assuming they actually plan on winning and thus needing a 4th and 5th SP when the playoffs hit and Bard/Aceves have hit their innings limits for the year, not having pitched 200 innings before) I just don't know.

Hope Dice-K makes it back to full strength?  Even assuming he can do that, do we really want that?  I guess it beats having Lackey at "full strength", but not by a whole hell of a lot.  Maybe this is good, last year we were favorites to win the world series.  This reminds me of my childhood when we were lovable losers.  I just hope to hell the Rays win the division instead of the Yanks, though with the expanded playoffs they'll likely both make it in.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:52 am

Red Sox stepping up pursuit of Oswalt?

Sox, don't waste your money!  He's not worth it.  He will get lit up in the AL East.

Since: Feb 29, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:44 am

Red Sox stepping up pursuit of Oswalt?

If the Sox overspend for this guy (anything in excess of 1 year @ $8 Mil) they are going to have a miserable season.  Roy has proven that you cannot rely on him.  How much should you have to pay for a guy that blows off his job to help pick up sticks back home on his property?  This is a guy that is done with the majority of his money making, and it is beginning to show that he does not have alot of skin in the game anymore.  I hope that he does go back to the Astros, Sox do not need another prima donna pitcher, they have plenty.  Astros weak division is also his only chance at a 20+ games and a winning record this season.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:32 am

Red Sox stepping up pursuit of Oswalt?

Astros need to sign him so he can retire a Astro!

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