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Oswalt seeking return, and a multi-year deal

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08:14 AM ET 11.03 | Not long ago, Roy Oswalt had hinted at thoughts of retirement -- but no more. The agent for [Oswalt] affirmed Wednesday that the veteran pitcher "absolutely" plans to pitch in 2012, following a season in which he was twice placed on the disabled list with lower back inflammation. "His back feels great," Bob Garber told FOXSports.com. "He's definitely looking for a long-term contract." He went 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA in 23 starts, his fewest since 2003. He was diagnosed with a bulging disk in his back, for which he received cortisone and epidural injections in July, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Oswalt had a strong September, pitching a minimum of six full innings in each of his six starts.

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November 3, 2011  08:58 AM ET

Oswalt is a sucker!!!

November 3, 2011  08:59 AM ET
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His best days, which were overhyped to begin with, are behind himGo away little poacher

Are you kidding? The numbers he posted while playing for a terrible team in Houston say otherwise.

Granted his best days are behind him, but let's not forget what he was on a lot of very bad teams.

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November 3, 2011  09:39 AM ET
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This is very troll like...... ;-)3.69 ERA and only 9-10. He's still a solid option - but to me - one year with a couple of option years. That's about it.

Sure as hell beats Brad Penny.

He had a ~4 year stretch where he was one of the most dominant pitchers in the game. Too bad to see him decline so precipitously.

November 3, 2011  09:41 AM ET
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His best days, which were overhyped to begin with, are behind himGo away little poacher

Define overhyped. Without an NL AL adjustment his stats are comparable to Roy Halladay. In fact without looking at it too much I'd say Oswalt is the best pitcher in the NL the past 12 years. Other than that I agree with you.

November 3, 2011  09:46 AM ET

Perhaps he should retire and let someone that does not have to have steriods injectioned every few months play.

November 3, 2011  09:48 AM ET

If Oswalt did not let his EGO get to him and challenge hitters with fat ones down the middle because he thinks he is unhittable he would have a much better era and win-loss percentage.

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November 3, 2011  10:06 AM ET
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If Oswalt did not let his EGO get to him and challenge hitters with fat ones down the middle because he thinks he is unhittable he would have a much better era and win-loss percentage.

What? Oswalt has a career 3.21 ERA and a .631 winning percentage pitching mainly for an average team. If you were being sarcastic, well done. If serious, you need to lay off the wacky weed.

November 3, 2011  10:17 AM ET
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I have 2 herniated disks and had all of those shots. I went from having to use a cain to walking free again - BUT - it is no long term solution. The problem will re-occur. When I play golf, my back still gets sore. Buyers beware!

Doctor! Doctor! it hurts when I play golf!

Doctor: Don't play golf!

November 3, 2011  10:18 AM ET
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The only multi-year deal he's getting is with Colonial Penn.

And those hover chairs the old people use.

November 3, 2011  10:23 AM ET

Avg is a compliment to the Astros.

November 3, 2011  10:37 AM ET

1 year deal guy - maybe with a club option or a vesting for a second year based on health and innings pitched - I could see the yankees do 12mm for one year with a second at 13MM that vested only if he has no dl stint and pitches 180+ innings

November 3, 2011  10:52 AM ET

Certainly not worth the money, and long term deal he'll be seeking, but I think he's got another solid year in him! Won't be the Phillies though, unless he goes very cheap!

November 3, 2011  12:47 PM ET

Sign with the Royals and teach those young kids a thing or two.

 
November 3, 2011  01:43 PM ET
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Avg is a compliment to the Astros

Up until the last two seasons the Astros were amoung the tops in win-loss for the past ten years. Did not do that well in the playoffs but were always among the top % and that was the time frame when Oswalt was there.

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