The Phillies declined to offer arbitration to Roy Oswalt earlier this month, an indication that they do not see him as part of their plans for future seasons. Oswalt is coming off back injuries and had a mediocre season last year as one of the Phillies’ “four aces”.
A veteran of 11 seasons, Oswalt is a three-time All-Star and was a big reason why the Phillies were able to turn their 2010 season around and reach the postseason.
Oswalt finished 2011 with a record of 9-10 and a 3.69 ERA after making 23 starts. With him, the Phillies won a franchise record 102 games.
It is even possible they could upgrade the position and get more than nine wins in 23 starts, but at the very least they should be able to have a successful 2012 season, regardless of the replacement.
Here are 10 options they have to fill the slot, as well as what potential impact each one could have.