Roy Oswalt Might Not Pitch Until Middle of the Season

Michael NargiSenior Analyst IFebruary 23, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 17: Starter Roy Oswalt #44 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on May 17, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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With spring training underway, one of the biggest free agent pitchers this offseason is expected to make a decision on where he will play in 2012.

According to Jerry Crasnick of, Oswalt informed teams on Thursday that he "might" wait until midseason to return to a team.

Oswalt has not been happy with any of the offers that have been made for him this offseason. He was only able to start 23 games in the regular season last year because of nagging back injuries.

Two stints on the DL in 2011 would be a reason that teams are not willing to dish out great amounts of money for him.

The Red Sox seemed like a fit for Oswalt, but after they made a $5 million offer to him, he seemed to move on to inquiries from the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers.

Oswalt then flirted with the Cincinnati Reds when the Cardinals and Rangers' offers were not good enough.

Oswalt seems to want to have it his way or no way and a major league team is going to have to accept it if they want Oswalt bad enough.

However, the fact that he is now saying he might wait until midseason seems to suggest that he has no options. It looks like this is his last ditch effort to bring in new offers from potential suitors in hopes that they will give in to his needs.

That being said, if he does wait until midseason, it might not be the worst thing for him and the ballclub he signs with.

The 34-year old would have more time to continue to increase his strength and would be fresh. He would be in-line to join a team that needs a little bit of help to make the playoffs around the trade deadline.