Here we are with just a few weeks until pitchers and catchers report to camp and Roy Oswalt is a man without a team.
Cincinnati Enquirer writer John Fay reported that the Reds are one of the teams Oswalt is currently considering. Fay also said that neither the Texas Rangers or the St. Louis Cardinals have the money to close the deal. If he doesn't sign with one of them, GM Walt Jocketty said, “We’d take another look at it.”
The Reds have practically broken the bank this winter and will apparently have to move some money around and move somebody to make room for the former Reds killer.
What money and what player you ask? According to Fay, Homer Bailey is the only one of the six pitchers vying for a spot in the rotation who is able to be traded, makes enough money and—unfortunately for him—is out of options.
Why all the fuss for a former ace who has landed on hard times? Oswalt is the king of the hill when it comes to beating the Reds. Over his 11-year career he has had his way with them. He currently stands at 23-3 with a 2.81 ERA. For his career he is 159-93 with a 3.21 ERA, 7.3/9 K and 2.1/9 BB, with a 47.3 GB%.
Oswalt, 34, is a two-time 20-game winner and has finished in the top five in Cy Young voting five times. True, he isn't as good as he once was, but I believe he is as good once as he ever was. If you are troubled following that logic, I simply mean that he is as apt to pitch a gem as anybody in the league.
Now look at Bailey. He is probably the oldest 25-year-old in the major leagues. Wrapped in potential, Bailey has not lived up to the hype that surrounded his early years. Five years in and he only has 25 wins and a bulky 4.89 ERA, 7/9 K, 3.5/9 BB and a 41.9 GB%.
I have no clue where Bailey could end up, but if the Reds are willing to part ways with the Christian Bale look-alike for Oswalt, they are seriously all in for a title run.
Another important question: Where would Oswalt fit into the Reds' rotation? You tell me.
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