Roy Oswalt has officially announced that he is officially not signing anywhere, for now. Instead, he intends to keep in shape so that when some contender loses a starter, he can sign up and save the season. How to explain this sudden change of heart? The eminently quotable Lance Berkman has declared it “strictly a money thing”, adding that he think Roy can get “the same money in half a season as he can in a full season”. I think its much more likely that his teams of choice, the Cardinals and the Rangers, quite simply have no room for him whatsoever in their rotations. Were he willing to assume a kind of long relief role it would be a different story; however, he has made it quite clear he will not be pitching out of the bullpen under any circumstances.
I can’t say I’m really all that disappointed. Acquiring Oswalt to serve exclusively as a starter would have required trading Koji to make financial space, and moving Matt Harrisonto the bullpen to make space in the rotation. I don’t think its abundantly clear that Oswalt would have been a significantly better pitcher than Harrison in 2012, and here’s why.
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