May
18

Rosenthal: Yankees not in the mix for Oswalt

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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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  • Cano fan #1

    Thanks god

  • Robinson Tilapia

    *Cue outrage*

  • FIPster Doofus

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

  • Robinson Tilapia

    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.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      yeah agree, no way this guy signs a minor league deal. it’s MLB contract or bust (retire) for this guy.

  • Bunt Gardner

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

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Every possible Niekro family member would be in the rotation. Yes.

      • Bunt Gardner

        And maybe even Gaylord Perry.

        • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

          and tommy john

          • Robinson Tilapia

            But only to inject some youth.

            • LiterallyFigurative

              I hear Guidry can give us an inning or two.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Yeah, but the guys mentioned above were already beyond old when they were Yankees. Guidry doesn’t quite fit the joke.

                I also bet he actually could give us an inning or two. I remember him looking good at Old Timers Day.

                • Knoxvillain

                  Well what about El Duque? How old is he now, 70? He could probably fit in well with the Mets.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    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

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

      • Peter Lacock

        That is not true.

      • LiterallyFigurative

        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

        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.

  • Knoxvillain

    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

    • #28 in 2012

      The only Name we need to know is Cole Hamels.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I should be referring to everyone I know as “Cole Hamels” today? OK.

        • #28 in 2012

          Sounds good, Cole!

    • #28 in 2012

      I bet no rotation ever had a Carsten and a Colbert as 1/2. And both lefties at that.

  • forensic

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

  • Kosmo

    Wandy
    Garza
    McCarthy
    Peavy
    Hamels

    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

      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

      How about we trade for McCarthy’s wife?

      • DM

        Nah, I get the Anna Benson vibe from her. But I guess I’m glad I didn’t get anything else from her.

  • http://none Dimaggio’s Left Shoe

    jeff weaver is avail

  • flamingo

    *exhales sigh of absolute relief*

  • G

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

    • G

      And before anyone mention it, yes I’m well aware that he had a poor start today.