Posted January 22, 2012

Report: Red Sox Expected To Pursue Free Agent Roy Oswalt

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By trading Marco Scutaro to the Colorado Rockies, the Boston Red Sox have freed up $6 million — and now we’ve got a pretty good idea what the Sox plan to do with all that loose cash. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick says they’re making a push for Roy Oswalt.

The Phillies declined their option to keep Oswalt after an injury-plagued, inconsistent 2011 season. Oswalt posted a 3.69 ERA in 139 innings but missed a significant chunk of the season with back injuries. He turned 34 in August.

The Red Sox have an open spot in their rotation as John Lackey spends the entire 2012 season recovering from Tommy John surgery. Oswalt would fit right in.

Oswalt has posted 159 career wins, 1,759 strikeouts and a 3.21 ERA over the length of his 11-year career, most of it with the Houston Astros.