Report: Los Angeles Dodgers make Roy Oswalt an offer
The Los Angeles Dodgers have made free-agent pitcher Roy Oswalt a contract offer, Yahoo’s Tim Brown reports on Twitter.
The Dodgers have made an offer to Roy Oswalt. Rangers, Oswalt’s likely preference, still in mix, among other clubs.
— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) May 29, 2012
As Brown reports, the Texas Rangers remain Oswalt’s ideal landing spot. The Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox are also among the rumored destinations for Oswalt, who has set a goal of returning to the mound by June 15.
On Saturday, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported that the Dodgers had been turned off by Oswalt’s $7.5 million asking price. In fact, multiple teams cooled their interest because of what they felt were Oswalt’s inflated contract demands.
CBS’ Jon Heyman reported on Saturday that a surprise team like the Baltimore Orioles could swoop in if the price is right. Heyman then reported on Sunday, via Twitter, that the Dodgers had inquired about Oswalt, but did not figure to be in the mix.
#dodgers inquired on oswalt at one point. Don’t appear involved now.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) May 27, 2012
During the winter, Oswalt declined a reported $10 million offer from the Detroit Tigers and said he would wait until the season started to sign. But the June 15 target date is fast approaching.
Oswalt started 23 games last season for the Phillies, going 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA. But the right-hander had to battle through back problems, twice having to go on the disabled list.