The Phillies, Rangers, and Red Sox have all seen Oswalt throw. From what we know of Oswalt in the past, it’s pretty apparent that he doesn’t have much interest in playing for Boston, especially since they look as if they are in turmoil. Oswalt is looking for a chance to win a ring, so Texas and Philadelphia make the most sense.
But who has the room?
The problem in Texas is that they don’t really need another starter. They have converted Neftali Feliz into a starter, and have Scott Feldman and Alexi Ogando in their bullpen, who can come out of the bullpen as starters. They also have Colby Lewis, who they could trade, but I’m not sure if they think of Oswalt as an upgrade over Lewis.
With Philadelphia, it’s a similar situation to the one in Texas. The Phillies are expecting Vance Worley to return from the disabled list when he’s able to be activated, and Joe Blanton is healthy and pitching well. One could say that the Phils could consider trading Blanton for some offensive help, and take on Oswalt, but I don’t know if I like that idea considering the Phillies are really starting to hit. The Phillies would need to eat some of Blanton’s deal, and then they’d need to pay Oswalt, so they’d likely break even there. Adding Oswalt would make it more difficult if they needed some extra cash at the trade deadline. The Phillies are just about $4MM short of hitting the luxury tax of $178MM.
Not to mention that Oswalt is always a health risk. His back has been known to flair up at a moments notice. We learned that one the hard way.
Right now, I’d chalk this up to the Phillies doing their due diligence. If something arises, than at least they know where Oswalt stands. Other then that, I don’t really see him returning.
Not yet at least.