I had posted last week that the Sox had freed up some money so they could go after Roy Oswalt. Reports were the full court press was on by the Sox and an offer for one year at $5 million was on the table. Well, Friday night reports started surfacing that Oswalt wasn’t coming.
Instead Oswalt was going to sign with the Cardinals. That was until last night.
Last night reports started surfacing that Oswalt was heading to Texas to talk to the Rangers.
Bottom line here is he’s probably not coming to Boston so you can just check that guy off your wish list. Not that I was really wishing for him, but I think he would have been a good insurance policy.
The team has reached out to super agent Scott Boras to see if they can get Edwin Jackson in a one year deal but all reports are that he wants a multi year contract.
Now it appears that the Sox will pursue Gavin Floyd in a trade with the White Sox. Reports are that they’d previously engaged the White Sox but the package offered wasn’t strong enough. Reports out of Chicago earlier this off-season had Floyd on the next flight of town. He has one year left at $7 million with a team option in 2013 for $9.5 million.
Chicago GM Kenny Williams is at a crossroads. He should be in a rebuilding year but fears he could lose his fan base when he trades away popular players like Floyd. But the flip side of that coin is that the team could be very powerful for a longer stretch of time if he does cut payroll and stockpile young talent now.
It will be interesting to see what the Red Sox do. Puppet Ben, or should we say Uncle Larry, clearly isn’t happy with the number of pitching options the team has right now and they’re clearly trying to add arms. We should see some movement before the end of the week.