Roy Oswalt Threw for Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox: Signing Within Week?

Michael NargiSenior Analyst IMay 18, 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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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.

Oswalt is reportedly getting ready to return to the MLB and, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports, he might sign within the next week:

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.

The New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers are reportedly not in the Oswalt sweepstakes as of right now, according to Rosenthal.

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?