Roy Oswalt tried his best to get a big deal in the offseason, but had no teams interested in paying the salary that he was asking for.
Source: Oswalt intends to sign with a team soon, possibly within the next week, and could pitch in the majors by mid- to late June.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 18, 2012
Rosenthal reported that major-league sources told him that the 34-year-old righty threw for the Philadelphia Phillies last week and Boston Red Sox this week. He also noted that Oswalt is scheduled to throw for two more teams; one of the sessions is planned for Friday.
It will be interesting to see who Oswalt chooses since he has been quite picky to this point. He rejected offers from the Red Sox and Tigers during the offseason because the price was not right, and at the time, he had preferred to stay close to his Mississippi home.
Reality seems to have set in for Oswalt that the money might not ever be as high as he would like, and he might have to pitch away from the comforts of home if he wants to pitch in the MLB in 2012.
Oswalt will be a valuable asset to any team in the playoff race this season.
With the additional wild-card spot in each league, there may be more teams interested in Oswalt than during the offseason.
There are a lot of teams that feel like they have a chance through the first quarter of the season, but which one is willing to go all in for Oswalt?