Yankee fans know this routine very well.
A veteran pitcher doesn't receive the type of offer from a team he likes in the offseason. He decides to sit on the sidelines and wait until a team that he likes actually has a more clear-cut need for his services in hopes that he'll receive a lucrative prorated contract in May, June or July.
It was, of course, Roger Clemens who played this to perfection back in 2007. That season, he announced his return to the Bronx in a now-legendary comeback announcement live from the owner's box at Yankee Stadium on May 6.
Clemens got paid in a big way for riding in to theoretically save the day for the 2007 Yankees, who were having starting pitching woes. He made approximately $4.5 million per month that season. It didn't really turn out that well for Clemens or the Yankees.
The Yankees made the playoffs, but lost in the first round to the Indians. Clemens went 6-6 in 17 starts with a disappointing 4.18 ERA in what would be his final season as a professional baseball player.
Now, Roy Oswalt, a pitcher coming off a subpar season in Philadelphia in which he endured his first real bout of a potentially long-term injury, hopes to follow in Clemens' footsteps.
Oswalt has no illusions of making similar money, but the free-agent pitcher who has gone from wanting a typical long-term free-agent contract, to being open to a one-year deal, to his current desire to make a midseason comeback, seems to have a desired scenario in mind for 2012.
It's just totally unclear what that is at this time.
He's had talks with numerous teams, but to this point, neither the money nor the actual team itself has matched up for Oswalt.
The Red Sox had interest, but Oswalt seemed fairly unenthusiastic about playing in Boston.