Roy Oswalt's agent, Bob Garber, confirmed to CBSSports and reporters that his client will forgo reported offers and interest by the Rangers, Red Sox, Reds and Cardinals and try to sign midseason. [Link]
The 34-year-old former Phillies right-hander is considered the best free agent who remains unsigned. Oswalt was a midseason pick-up of the Phillies in 2010 and dominated the second half, pitching to a 1.74 ERA and 7-1 mark for the Phils after his trade from Houston.
Beerleaguer: Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative" comes to mind in all it's New Jack glory. Rolling Stone dubbed it "a grumpy and undeniably adult dance it." Oswalt is kind of a grump, too, from what I can gather, hinting at retirement two seasons ago, turning down offers this winter, even ones close to home. It's actually a little annoying his name will continue to cycle through the rumor mill through the summer as teams make bids for pitching. I wonder if the Phillies planted the seed for Oswalt to wait until the dealine when the landscape will be completely different around baseball.
Mark this down: Oswalt's decision to target a mid-season return increases the odds that he pitches for the Phillies this season. Book it. The Phillies always make a huge move, and nobody knows that more than Oswalt.