Yesterday we discovered that Roy Oswalt notified two clubs he would not be joining them this winter; the Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians. It seems as if the finalists in the Oswalt sweepstakes are the Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox. Oswalt himself sat down with the Rangers yesterday afternoon in Arlington, and most of today’s news surrounds that sit-down.
MLB.com’s TR Sullivantweeted last evening that Oswalt did indeed meet with the Rangers and that the situation is “ongoing and unresolved”.
ESPN’s Richard Durrett also wrote on the get-together last night. Durrett heard from a source that said the meeting, which included Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, CEO and president Nolan Ryan, Oswalt, his wife and his agent, was “good”.
Over the last few days, the Rangers and Cardinals have become the favorites to land Oswalt. It was reported this weekend that St. Louis was nearing a deal with the 34-year-old. Oswalt is also said to favor staying near his home in Mississippi, which would seem to increase the chances of him landing with the Rangers.
Despite these reports, the Red Sox claim they are still in the hunt for Oswalt. Up until this weekend it appeared that Boston would eventually ink the veteran starter, especially after they shed payroll in the Marco Scutaro deal.
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