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MLB analyst: Oswalt not going to Texas

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07:34 AM ET 02.11 | Once the tumult of free agency started to wind down in early January, word came out that free agent pitcher Roy Oswalt apparently wanted to pitch in Texas. And while Oswalt -- and two-time 20-game winner and multiple All-Star during his days with the Houston Astros -- would have been the type of pitcher the Rangers' would've jumped at in years past, budget restrictions seems to have the club laying back on the Oswalt race. In fact, one analyst is so convinced that the Rangers aren't a realistic suitor for Oswalt that he's ready to count them out already. "When you start to look at the landscape, these teams that he???s been trying to get to sign him just aren???t getting there," ESPN's Jayson Stark said on Baseball Tonight. "He wanted to go to Texas, [but] that's not going to happen.

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February 11, 2012  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Oh my God, just sign somewhere Roy. Your options are limited, due primarily to your questionable back.I would love to have this guy in the Sox rotation, but not at too heavy a price.

Took the words out of my mouth.

He wants either Texas or St. Louis as a landing place because they're both near his home in Mississippi. If he's a family man, then I can understand. But they don't want him, and others do. And with a bulging disc, he's not bargaining from a position of strength.

If he wants to pitch, he'll need to go where he's wanted. All that fuss to ride the bench somewhere just because it's close to home? That isn't a way to finish an otherwise exceptional career.

February 11, 2012  09:04 AM ET

Does Anybody and I mean Anybody CARE?

February 11, 2012  09:28 AM ET
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Does Anybody and I mean Anybody CARE?

Injury potential aside, he's a better pitcher than Edwin Jackson who just got $11 million for 2012. And there are contending teams that need a 5th starter. Does that answer your question?

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February 11, 2012  10:45 AM ET
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But you cannot put injury potential aside. This is a BIG factor. I for one do not want this guy pitching for Boston as it will be a waste of money. Why do I say this? ----> because I have two herniated bulging disks myself and I know his back pain is going to flare up again.

First... Best of luck to you. I know you must be in near-constant pain.

Second... There's a BIG difference between a bulging disc and two herniated discs.

Third... He could be given a contract heavy on incentives, and it would be win-win.

February 11, 2012  11:09 AM ET

he wanted to go to texas, but the rangers did offer him only 1 million. one year deal!!!!!

February 11, 2012  11:22 AM ET

Oswalt itsn't going back home to sleep, but he may take a minor league contract from the phillies for sure!!!

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February 11, 2012  02:29 PM ET
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Oh my God, just sign somewhere Roy. Your options are limited, due primarily to your questionable back.I would love to have this guy in the Sox rotation, but not at too heavy a price.

As a Yankee fan, I'd love to see Oswalt in the Sox rotation, too...

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February 11, 2012  03:08 PM ET

The Yankees should offer this guy a minor-league contract with an invitation to appear in Spring Training. No risk at all. If Oswalt shines, they can figure out what to do with him then.

February 11, 2012  06:32 PM ET

it would be a great risk if, the yankees do sign this pitcher, due to his already heavy rash of injuries, now if the franchise sign him with the condition that he should perform 100% as win 15 games, pitch 200 innings, strikeout 180 hitters, not time off in the DL, then the yankees should give him 5 millions per one season!!!

February 11, 2012  06:53 PM ET
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Oh my God, just sign somewhere Roy. Your options are limited, due primarily to your questionable back.I would love to have this guy in the Sox rotation, but not at too heavy a price.

He's pretty damn particular for a guy coming off severe back woes. $8-$10M for one year? He's worth about $1M guaranteed, and an incentive-laden contract.

February 11, 2012  06:55 PM ET
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The more this plays out, the more I see Roy going back to Philly.

Do they need an 8th starter? My understanding is that they don't want him.

February 11, 2012  06:56 PM ET
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Injury potential aside, he's a better pitcher than Edwin Jackson who just got $11 million for 2012. And there are contending teams that need a 5th starter. Does that answer your question?

One big difference: Jackson is healthy.

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February 11, 2012  08:06 PM ET
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He's pretty damn particular for a guy coming off severe back woes. $8-$10M for one year? He's worth about $1M guaranteed, and an incentive-laden contract.

He needs a reality check here. I don't think there any clubs willing to pay him close to what he and his agent are looking for.

 
February 11, 2012  08:06 PM ET

He needs a reality check here. I don't think there are any clubs willing to pay him close to what he and his agent are looking for.

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