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.