Via Wally Matthews, the Yankees are unlikely to pursue free agent right-hander Roy Oswalt this offseason because of concerns about his back. “[They’re] very worried about his injury history,” said Matthews’ source. “The guy’s falling apart from that back of his. That’s why Houston dumped him.”
Oswalt, 34, has a pair of degenerative discs in his lower back that have required numerous cortisone shots but never surgery. He talked openly about retirement when recurring back pain sent him to the DL this summer, saying: “I’ve had a pretty good one … I don’t want to be labeled a quitter. I’m kind of a liability more than anything.” Oswalt’s a sexy name given his past accomplishments, no doubt about it, but there is a ton of risk here and the Yankees need certainty more than anything.