MLB Free Agents 2012: Potential Landing Spots for Roy Oswalt

Jason ShollContributor IIIDecember 14, 2011

MLB Free Agents 2012: Potential Landing Spots for Roy Oswalt

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    With Mark Buehrle going to the Miami Marlins and C.J. Wilson heading to the Los Angeles Angels, Roy Oswalt has now become the best starting pitcher available in the free-agent market.

    Oswalt is coming off a below-average season by his standards, in which the three-time All-Star went 9-10 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

    Back issues have limited Oswalt’s starts in recent years, but when healthy he is still a top-of-the-rotation pitcher.

    Oswalt is seeking a three-year deal and the following teams need to take a look at the right-hander. 

New York Yankees

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    We all know the New York Yankees have the lineup worthy of a championship team, but their Achilles heal continues to be their starting pitching.

    The Yankees took care of priority No. 1 when they locked up C.C. Sabathia for years to come, but after Sabathia the rest of the staff has proven to be inconsistent.

    While the Yankees are very high on Ivan Nova, come playoff time you still have to worry about sending him out to start Game 2. Same goes with A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes.

    That being said, signing Roy Oswalt makes all the sense in the world. The Yankees would be adding a veteran pitcher to a reasonably young rotation, as well as a guy who has been nothing but consistent in his 11 years in the big leagues.

Washington Nationals

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    After losing out on Mark Buehrle, the Washington Nationals should waste no time and sign Roy Oswalt.

    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has already made it clear he is looking for a front-of-the-rotation starting pitcher who is a leader and someone that will throw a lot of innings, which both qualities fit Oswalt to a T.

    He has over 2,100 innings pitched in his 11 seasons in the MLB, and would instantly be a leader for a very young Nationals rotation.

Kansas City Royals

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    Little by little, the Kansas City Royals have been turning their ballclub around.

    They have a nice core of bright young talent in Alex Gordan, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Joakim Soria. I also like the addition of Jonathan Sanchez to the team’s rotation, but they still need an ace.

    Maybe Oswalt is not an ace anymore, but that does not mean he is not capable of throwing ace-like stuff. Oswalt would make a whole lot of sense for the Royals, unless of course he only wants to play for a contender.

Boston Red Sox

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    The Yankees rival Boston Red Sox are another team in need of starting pitching help.

    Both John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka will not be in the Red Sox rotation for the 2012 season, and even though fans are probably happy about that, the team still needs to find guys to take their spot.

    The Red Sox would not be able to find a better fourth pitcher on the free-agent market than Roy Oswalt.

    Oswalt is coming off a little bit of a disappointing season in 2011, but he still managed to keep a respectable 3.69 ERA. He is also one year removed from a 2010 season where he went 7-1 with a 1.74 ERA.

    By signing Oswalt you know that you are getting a very efficient pitcher, granted he stays healthy.