Roy Oswalt Works Out for the Phillies
Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Roy Oswalt could possibly sign somewhere within the next week and pitch for that team by by mid- to late-June.
according to the Rosenthal report, Oswalt has already auditioned for the Phillies and Red Sox recently and has scheduled sessions with two other teams. One source told Rosenthal that Oswalt "appeared to be in good shape" but was "more in spring-training mode than mid-season form."
Oswalt might prefer the familiarity with the Phillies and Scott Miller of CBSSports.com says Oswalt will pitch only for a World Series contending club and wants to do so by June.
The question for the Phillies is where would he fit in?
The team seems to be set in the starting rotation with Halladay, Lee and Hamels at the top of the rotation and Joe Blanton and Vance Worley at the back end of the rotation.
Would Oswalt send either Worly or Blanton to the bullpen or will it allow the Phillies to explore a trade involving Blanton.
The veteran right-hander has reportedly been throwing bullpen sessions every other day, would he possibly be a candidate for the eighth inning set-up role to get to Johnathan Papelbon ?
Money could be the issue, does it make sense to give money to Oswat, or should they look to spend to bring in a bat?
These are all questions that Ruben Amaro and his staff have to ponder right now.