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Source: Red Sox would have to move payroll in order to sign Roy Oswalt

01.16.12 at 11:17 am ET
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Despite a FoxSports.com report that the Red Sox have “maintained active dialogue” with Roy Oswalt’s agent, Bob Garber, the likelihood of the team signing the 34-year-old remains in doubt.

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.

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