Roy Oswalt Willing to Sell Soul, Play Anywhere

What do you want to bet he just doesn't want to play in Philly or Boston?

International man of mystery, blatant market provocateur, and regional pandering Roy Oswalt is now willing to play anywhere, according to Jerry Crasnick. Until recently, he had professed a need to stay close to his Mississippi home, but Crasnick suggests that need won't be a requisite once Oswalt's kids are out of school.

Crasnick further suggests that Oswalt might still wait until June before testing the market again, presumably to take advantage of his starting pitching peers that come down with injury and exploiting contending teams for every last penny.

And who can blame him? Well, I can, for one. But that's because I love baseball and hate to see an amazing talent waste half a season sitting out for a couple extra million (or some other ring-baiting goal). It's not as if Oswalt is a shoe-in for the Hall-of-Fame, either. He needs every start he can get, and waiting to join a contending team could make that harder.

Part of my angst here, if it's not too obvious, is that I desperately want to be the first to type the "Royal Oswalt Decrees Kansas City Ready for World Series; Joins Winning Club" headline. Make it happen, Dayton Moore.

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