Roy Oswalt Rumors: Updating Every Suitors' Odds of Landing Him

Doug Mead@@Sports_A_HolicCorrespondent IMay 23, 2012

Roy Oswalt Rumors: Updating Every Suitors' Odds of Landing Him

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    During this past offseason, speculation was all over the board as far as where starting pitcher Roy Oswalt would end up after becoming a free agent.

    Rumors swirled around just where Oswalt preferred to play, and which teams were making a play for his services.

    Finally, in late February Oswalt announced that he was content to sit out the first part of the season and would be willing to sign with a team somewhere around mid-season.

    It's not quite mid-season yet, but Oswalt seems to be ready now, and there are definitely teams out there who are interested.

    Here is a list of those teams who have expressed interest in Oswalt, along with their chances of possibly landing the right-handed hurler.

St. Louis Cardinals: Two Percent

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    Back in late January, there were multiple reports that the St. Louis Cardinals and Roy Oswalt had come to agreement on a one-year contract, however, the deal was never consummated and Oswalt decided to sit out until mid-season.

    Now, the Cardinals are leading the NL Central by just a half-game over the Cincinnati Reds, and their starting rotation has been very good, with a 3.55 ERA overall. Things are looking up with encouraging performances thus far from Lance Lynn, Kyle Lohse and Adam Wainwright, who just spun a gem on Tuesday night and appears to be getting stronger after recovering from Tommy John surgery.

    Chris Carpenter will also be in the mix sometime soon as well, so it would appear that the Cardinals have a crowded rotation, leaving little room for Oswalt.

Atlanta Braves: Five Percent

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    The Atlanta Braves are sitting just a half-game out of first place in the now-competitive NL East, and the starting rotation has been solid, but not spectacular, currently ranked 11th in the National League with a 3.99 ERA.

    David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently tweeted that the Braves are monitoring Oswalt.



    Regarding all theRoy Oswalt #Braves questions -- team has not ruled it out, from what I hear. I assume it would depend on price.

    — David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) May 18, 2012


    The Braves could very well be all-in if they continue to sit at or close to the top of the NL East, and signing Oswalt would give them depth, despite the plethora of great pitching in the Braves' farm system.

New York Yankees: 10 Percent

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    Roy Oswalt has been getting in shape and throwing, recently auditioning for several teams, including the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies.

    However, the New York Yankees, who are currently sitting just one game out of the AL East Division cellar—yes, you heard that correctly—have reportedly said they're not currently interested, at least according to what sources are telling Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.


    Told #Tigers, #Yankees are not in mix for Oswalt at this time.

    — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 18, 2012

    However, how much longer will the Yankees stand pat? The rotation thus far is currently ranked 10th in the AL with a 4.15 ERA, Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes have both struggled, and while Andy Pettitte appears to have provided a boost, it wouldn't hurt to get another boost from a proven veteran.

    While the Yankees may not reportedly be in the mix now, we all know how shrewd they can be when it comes to swooping in at the last minute (Mark Teixeira, anyone?).


Detroit Tigers: 10 Percent

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    As mentioned in the previous slide, the Detroit Tigers are reportedly not in the mix for the services of Roy Oswalt—at this time.

    The Tigers reportedly made a one-year offer to Oswalt prior to signing Prince Fielder, so interest was obviously there at one point. Considering that the Tigers have stumbled out of the gate, might that interest be re-kindled?

    The Tigers' rotation is just a click behind the Yankees in the current rankings, with a 4.17 ERA. Rick Porcello and Max Scherzer both have ERAs north of 5.00, and spot starter Adam Wilk hasn't been of much help either (0-3, 8.18 ERA).

    Tigers owner Mike Ilitch committed $214 million in signing Fielder, so he's clearly ready to what it takes to get back to the promised land. It's certainly not out of the realm of possibility to see Oswalt in Motown.

Boston Red Sox: 23 Percent

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    It was recently reported that Roy Oswalt had worked out for the Boston Red Sox, and GM Ben Cherington did not dispute that notion.


    Cherington didn't deny the reports that Oswalt worked out for Boston. Said there is nothing additional to report.

    — Tim Britton (@TBritton_Projo) May 22, 2012

    The Red Sox rotation is currently ranked second-to-last in the American League with a 4.63 ERA, and while they have recently seen encouraging signs from both Jon Lester and Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz continues to struggle and Daniel Bard has been inconsistent thus far in his transition from the bullpen.

    Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to return to the Sox sometime in late May/early June after his recovery from Tommy John surgery, but more help would be nice for the last-place Sox.

    Reportedly, the Sox and Oswalt have not discussed a contract as of yet.


    Red Sox and Roy Oswalt have still not discussed a contract according to a major league source.

    — Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) May 22, 2012

    However, stay tuned. That could very well change.

6. Philadelphia Phillies: 25 Percent

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    Obviously, there is familiarity in Philly with Roy Oswalt. In Oswalt's case, familiarity does not breed contempt—it does breed knowledge.

    The Phillies know what Oswalt is capable of, courtesy of his 16-11 record and 2.96 ERA while with Philly from late 2010 until last season.

    The Phillies are clearly still interested, especially with the recent injury to Vance Worley.


    Sources: Oswalt threw bullpen session for #Phillies last week and #RedSox this week near his home in Mississippi.

    — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 18, 2012


    Oswalt has indicated that he's ready to sign soon as well.


    Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. will have to make a decision, and soon. While it could come down to money for Oswalt, his familiarity with Philly could be a tipping point.

Texas Rangers: 25 Percent

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    The transition from the bullpen to the starting rotation for Texas Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz appeared to going along pretty smoothly—that is until last week.

    Feliz was pulled from a start after feeling tightness in his elbow, and will now spend at least a month on the disabled list nursing an inflamed right elbow.

    The Rangers have options—Scott Feldman and Alexi Ogando—however it hasn't stopped the rumor mill from swirling about the possibility of signing Roy Oswalt.

    Oswalt worked out and threw for the Rangers watching last Friday, and GM Jon Daniels told T.R. Sullivan of that the Rangers would consider signing Oswalt.

    “Everything is on the table,” Daniels said Monday.

    Indeed, everything is on the table, and Daniels will do whatever it takes to get his Rangers back to the postseason and to successfully defend their back-to-back American League pennants.


    Doug Mead is a featured columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle. Follow Doug on Twitter, @Sports_A_Holic.