Roy Oswalt said he’ll see where he’s at physically before deciding whether to opt in or opt out of his $16 million club option for 2012.
Beerleaguer: Roy Oswalt reigns as Beerleaguer’s traffic king. The day he was acquired smashed the previous page traffic high and he maintains the top spot, well ahead of Cliff Lee day. And how has this site returned the favor? By neglecting to write about him once since his Game 6 no decision in the NLCS. That isn’t to say his work wasn’t greatly appreciated. It was. The wily veteran exceeded expectations. Perhaps reinvigorated by the change of scenery, the 34-year-old posted a peppy 7-1 mark and 1.74 ERA (232 ERA+) in 12 starts with the Phillies, using his darting fastball to limit opponents to a 5.8 H/9. Then he went through a weird postseason, including a “there’s no such thing as an ugly win in the postseason” win in Game 2 of the Division Series, an eight-inning masterpiece against the Giants in Game 2 of the Championship Series, a desperation Game 4 loss in relief culminating in the series’ turning point and a Game 6 no-decision that was worse than his final line suggested.
The events of this offseason and the signing of Lee have cast Oswalt into a strong, silent-type third or fourth starter role on a team that has more good pitching than any team in club history. He’s easy to like, but doubts about his status beyond this season have kept his jerseys on the racks. The Phillies hold a $16 million club option on Oswalt for ’12. He can also opt out and take a reduced buyout. Meanwhile, the Phils are facing a pricy final arbitration year with Cole Hamels and would undoubtedly try to find a way to buy out his free agent years.