Rosenthal: Yankees not in the mix for Oswalt


Via Ken Rosenthal, the Yankees are not among the teams currently in the mix for free agent right-hander Roy Oswalt. The 34-year-old threw for the Red Sox and Phillies recently and plans to throw for two other clubs in the near future. Oswalt intends to sign soon, possibly within a week, and return to the mound in mid-to-late-June.

The Yankees were connected to Oswalt to varying degrees this offseason, but like everyone else they decided to pass due in part to concerns about the degenerative discs in his back. The rotation hasn’t been great in the early going but I don’t think the Yankees will see Oswalt, who for all intents and purposes is another Andy Pettitte situation, as much of a solution. A trade for an active pitcher seems more likely and frankly smarter than another old guy flier.

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  1. Cano fan #1 says:

    Thanks god

  2. Robinson Tilapia says:

    *Cue outrage*

  3. FIPster Doofus says:

    Fine. Kuroda and Pettitte are already filling the old guy quota in the rotation. No need for another one.

  4. Robinson Tilapia says:

    In all seriousness, I sincerely doubt he’d come on a MiLB contract, and I don’t think the team is at the point of handing a guy like Oswalt a rotation spot right now. There also is not an “MD” at the end of my name.

  5. Bunt Gardner says:

    If only teh bozz waz still alive!!!1!!1!!!

  6. LiterallyFigurative says:

    We have enough old people on the team. It’s baseball, not the early bird special at Denny’s.

    Look at the teams who are doing damage this year. Younger teams with movable parts.

    To Brett Gardner and Eduardo Nunez: Get well/better soon!

    • Knoxvillain says:

      Yes to Gardner, no to Nunez. He hurts more than he helps. And we could have gotten Cliff Lee for him.

      • Peter Lacock says:

        That is not true.

      • LiterallyFigurative says:

        His speed and aggression on offense are a plus on a team that is basically a station-to-station outfit.

        His defense is horrible, this we know.

      • Jesse says:

        They would have gotten Cliff Lee for Montero, Nova, AND Nunez (if not more), and that could have been just a half-season for Lee and possibly no World Championship in 2010.

  7. Knoxvillain says:

    Who could even be available to the Yankees in a trade? I’m trying to think of some interesting names but I can’t think of any.

    inb4 AJ Burnett or Carl Pavano

  8. forensic says:

    Wanted him in the offseason (over kuroda). Not much point in it now though.

  9. Kosmo says:


    are 5 pitchers that could be had for the right price. Wandy, McCarthy and Peavy seem the most likely to be traded with Hamels being the least.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      Aside from Garza and Hamels, McCarthy’s the best fit, IMO. I want no part of Wandy because of what he’s owed going forward. Peavy has a $4 million buyout for next season, so the Yankees probably won’t be in on him.

    • Bunt Gardner says:

      How about we trade for McCarthy’s wife?

  10. flamingo says:

    *exhales sigh of absolute relief*

  11. G says:

    I’d give Banuelos a 2nd half shot before signing Oswalt, no question.

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