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.
- Twitter / @jcrasnick: Roy Oswalt now telling tea ...
"Roy Oswalt now telling teams he'll play anywhere. Until recently, he was focused on pitching close to his home in Mississippi"
- Twitter / @jcrasnick: Oswalt still looking at po ...
"Oswalt still looking at possible June return. His kids will be out of school by then, so he can take the family wherever he goes"
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"Time will tell if anyone has an interest in Oswalt. It could boil down to which contending team has a key pitching injury."