Source: Red Sox would have to move payroll in order to sign Roy Oswalt
|01.16.12 at 11:17 am ET|
According to a major league source, even though Oswalt’s asking price on a one-year deal figures to be lower that the $10 million given to Hiroki Kuroda by the Yankees, the Red Sox are taking the same stance with Oswalt as they did with Kuroda — in order to sign the pitcher at his current asking price a corresponding roster move would have to made in order to free up payroll.
Oswalt is coming off a 2011 season in which he went 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA in 23 starts for the Phillies. The righty had dealt with some back issues, but at least one scout was impressed with the way he finished the season, still classifying him as a solid middle of the rotation starter. The three-time All-Star went at least six innings in each of his last six starts, compiling a 3.51 ERA in Sept.
Latest from Bleacher Report
- Betts Has Real Chance of Crashing AL MVP Party
- MLB Betting Preview: Red Sox vs. Orioles Odds, Analysis
- David Ortiz Injury: Updates on Red Sox Star's Foot
- Can Benintendi Be Pennant Race Difference-Maker?
- Updates on Red Sox Star Hanley Ramirez's Injury
- Andrew Benintendi Recalled from Double-a
- Fernando Abad to Red Sox
- Return to past hitting mechanics fueling Bobby Dalbec's success
- Cup of Coffee: Marrero and LaMarre lead the way for PawSox
- Weekly Notes: Moncada, Devers, Tavarez nab postseason awards
- Cup of Coffee: Salem walks off, Downs homers
- Cup of Coffee: Groome impresses while Johnson falters
- Cup of Coffee: Dubon collects five hits, Chatham belts two homers
- Cup of Coffee: Dubon comes up clutch, Dalbec stays hot for Lowell
- Scouting Scratch: Mike Shawaryn and Shaun Anderson
- Cup of Coffee: LaMarre powers Pawtucket, Kopech whiffs 10
- After draft slide, Shawaryn regaining peak form in Lowell