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08:11 AM ET 10.26 | Roy Oswalt, who saw his option declined in Philadelphia, may be on the radar of the Yankees. Oswalt is 34 and often, but not chronically, injured. He could be a good fit on a one- or two-year contract. Last season, he went 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA for the Phillies. He pitched nearly 140 innings. In 2010, the Yankees had talks with the Astros about trading for Oswalt, but GM Ed Wade dealt Oswalt to the Phillies. ... Oswalt is 159-93 with a 3.21 ERA for his career. He is 5-2 with a 3.74 ERA in 13 postseason games (11 starts). Here is the question: If you started the playoffs next year, whom would you rather have after CC Sabathia --- Oswalt or C.J. Wilson? Oswalt is cheaper and probably better.

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October 26, 2011  08:27 AM ET

1.338 WHIP last year. Granted, the Yanks have the type of offense that can cover for a pitcher not throwing well, but taking an NL pitcher and putting him in the AL doesn't often work well.

Oh, and he's 34, which makes him a spring chicken for the Phils, but on other teams, that's the wrong side of 28-32, which is considered "prime" for a player.

Also, a 105 ERA+ isn't very impressive either.

October 26, 2011  08:32 AM ET

Just another typical a pitcher of the day is on the Yankees radar thread. I'd be concerned about bringing Oswalt over to the AL East. The Yankees haven't had a great deal of luck with NL pitchers.

October 26, 2011  08:36 AM ET

Better than Sabathia? Give me a break. No need to comment on that one though I'm sure Slink will have a field day.

As always, NL pitchers numbers must be adjusted when translated into what is projected for and AL performance, espeically for an AL East team. In this case, if you take Oswalt's numbers at face value we would consider him an equal pitcher to Roy Halladay as his career numbers are comparable.

Everyone on this thread that thinks Oswalt is Halladay's career equal raise your hand, then immediately check yourself into the Betty Ford Center because you obviously have a substance abuse problem

October 26, 2011  08:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Just another typical a pitcher of the day is on the Yankees radar thread. I'd be concerned about bringing Oswalt over to the AL East. The Yankees haven't had a great deal of luck with NL pitchers.

If by not a lot of luck you mean total disaster I agree.

October 26, 2011  08:39 AM ET
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hahahahahdude already stated he doesn't wanna be in NY.

Sure it wasn't the Mets, because, well, NO ONE wants to play for the Mets.

October 26, 2011  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Sure it wasn't the Mets, because, well, NO ONE wants to play for the Mets.

The guy pitched for Houston for 10 years, are the Astros better than the Mets?

October 26, 2011  08:54 AM ET
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Better than Sabathia? Give me a break. No need to comment on that one though I'm sure Slink will have a field day.

Who said that?

October 26, 2011  08:55 AM ET
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The guy pitched for Houston for 10 years, are the Astros better than the Mets?

He pitched for 3 playoff teams in Houston, the Mets have only been to the playoffs once since 2001.

So, yes.

Plus, if you look at it, the year the Mets went to the playoffs in 2006 looks like an anomaly at this point. They won 12 more games than in 2005 then went back to losing 11 more games in 2007.

October 26, 2011  08:55 AM ET
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Who said that?

They guy at the health food counter.

October 26, 2011  08:58 AM ET
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He pitched for 3 playoff teams in Houston, the Mets have only been to the playoffs once since 2001.So, yes.Plus, if you look at it, the year the Mets went to the playoffs in 2006 looks like an anomaly at this point. They won 12 more games than in 2005 then went back to losing 11 more games in 2007.

Yeah, the Mets suck. Bad.

October 26, 2011  09:03 AM ET

Wit Lackey now out for the year, Oswalt just got a raise.

October 26, 2011  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Who said that?

ahh, to be fair on a reread it says who after Sabathia, not including.

October 26, 2011  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

He pitched for 3 playoff teams in Houston, the Mets have only been to the playoffs once since 2001.So, yes.Plus, if you look at it, the year the Mets went to the playoffs in 2006 looks like an anomaly at this point. They won 12 more games than in 2005 then went back to losing 11 more games in 2007.

Well, by definition that means the Mets went to the playoffs twice since Oswalt has been in the league to Houston's three times. I'm more curious what the respective records of the two teams are over those 10 years. I'd be surprised if Houston's is significantly better than the Mets though I have no idea as I generally pay attention to the major leagues. Ok, that was a cheap shot.

October 26, 2011  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Who said that?

Jon Lieber.

October 26, 2011  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Wit Lackey now out for the year, Oswalt just got a raise.

I'm going to beat this one to death today, almost certainly Oswalt going to the AL East will just be another NL pitcher making that migration that rapidly gets old, hurt, sucks, or a combination of all three. I think Boston and Oswalt are too smart to make that happen.

October 26, 2011  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Jon Lieber.

confusion.

October 26, 2011  09:14 AM ET
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Well, by definition that means the Mets went to the playoffs twice since Oswalt has been in the league to Houston's three times. I'm more curious what the respective records of the two teams are over those 10 years. I'd be surprised if Houston's is significantly better than the Mets though I have no idea as I generally pay attention to the major leagues. Ok, that was a cheap shot.

From 01-09, the Astros were under .500 2 times. Those 2 times were a total of 28 games under .500

Mets in the same time periond were under .500 4 times and a total of 82 games under .500 for those season.

As far as the cumulative record, I can't care enough to do the math.

Mets have been worse over time as well.

Mets suck.

October 26, 2011  09:16 AM ET
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Well, by definition that means the Mets went to the playoffs twice since Oswalt has been in the league to Houston's three times. I'm more curious what the respective records of the two teams are over those 10 years. I'd be surprised if Houston's is significantly better than the Mets though I have no idea as I generally pay attention to the major leagues. Ok, that was a cheap shot.

Also, 2001 was Oswalt's rookie season.

October 26, 2011  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Well, by definition that means the Mets went to the playoffs twice since Oswalt has been in the league to Houston's three times. I'm more curious what the respective records of the two teams are over those 10 years. I'd be surprised if Houston's is significantly better than the Mets though I have no idea as I generally pay attention to the major leagues. Ok, that was a cheap shot.

Oops, posted too soon.

Oswalt's rookie season was 2001 and the Mets have only been to the playoffs once since he got in the league.

 
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