L.A. Angels Favorites To Land Roy Oswalt While Boston Red Sox Remain in Hunt

Michael NargiSenior Analyst IMarch 25, 2012

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 27: Roy Oswalt #44 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 27, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Roy Oswalt will likely be wearing a shade of red at some point this season, but which coast will he choose to play on?

Oswalt manipulated teams this offseason, but wound up with no significant offers worthy of his acceptance. He then decided that he would wait and return by mid-season to a ball club.

The Oswalt drama seemed to subside for a little bit, but now has begun again. The two teams in the mix?

The Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Angels.

ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio's Jim Bowden tweeted, "Angels suddenly the front runner for Roy Oswalt as Red Sox remain in the picture and Rangers/Cardinals fade out of pix"

These two teams could not be farther apart. 

Boston was quiet in terms of acquisitions in the offseason, while the Angels made a splash by signing Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson.

Boston is expected by many to finish behind the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East while the Los Angeles Angels are looking like favorites to win the World Series.

The Angels are the favorites to land Oswalt at this point, but it looks as though the Red Sox are more desperate for his services.

The Red Sox pitching is in flux as they were hoping for Daniel Bard to assume a spot in the rotation, but the hierarchy in Boston have recently revealed some hesitation

If the Red Sox decide to send Bard back to the bullpen, their starting rotation will become significantly weaker and their need for Oswalt will become greater.

The Red Sox have to up their offer to Oswalt if they want to salvage their season.


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