Saturday, May 19, 2012

Oswalt Rumors Circling Once Again

Just when Red Sox fans had thought that the Roy Oswalt rumors had died down, they have resurfaced once again. Yesterday, Oswalt threw a bullpen session for the Red Sox and Phillies. The acquisition of Oswalt would certainly help the Red Sox as it's no secret that their starting pitching has not been brilliant-- their pitching staff has a 4.68 ERA, 28th in baseball. Oswalt went 9-10/3.69/93 in 23 starts for the Phillies last year and the righty allegedly has several good offers on the table. Oswalt is 34 years old and his age throws one more variable into the equation. When will he be good to go? Andy Pettitte, who signed with the Yankees over a month ago took about a month and a half to ready up. Now, Pettitte is 39, but it would still probably take Oswalt a solid month to return. In a month, who knows if there will even be room for him. Daisuke Matsuzaka will have returned by then, and barring any more injuries-- the Red Sox would have to take somebody from the rotation (probably Daniel Bard). I agree that the Red Sox need pitching help, but I don't think Oswalt is the way to go.

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