Sunday, February 5, 2012

Report: Reds no longer 'actively pursuing' Roy Oswalt

Oswalt has been a dagger in the side of the Reds since
breaking into the league with the Astros in 2001

The MLB rumor mill was alive and well on Saturday. Around lunchtime reports surfaced that the Reds we're in the mix to sign veteran starting pitcher Roy Oswalt (according to Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports). Here's an excerpt from that piece specific to the Redlegs:

"The Reds, meanwhile, have spoken with Oswalt’s representatives recently and probably would need to move payroll and stretch their budget in order to afford him, a source said. The Cincinnati rotation currently consists of Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo, Mike Leake, and Homer Bailey or Aroldis Chapman. The signing of Oswalt would signal that the Reds are going all-in to win the division now, before the potential departures of Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips via free agency over the next couple years."

By 7 o'clock those initial reports were refuted by Rosenthal saying that the club was not "actively pursuing" him, but we're merely "kicking the tires on the right-hander" instead.

In reality, the chance of Cincinnati signing Oswalt is/was slim-to-none anyway, in my opinion. However, the addition of his arm to the rotation could only be viewed as a plus in the team's drive to the postseason.

Although hampered by nagging injuries as of late, the 34-year old continues to carve out a solid MLB pitching career. He finished with a 9-10 record and a 3.69 ERA in 23 starts last season after being limited by a chronic back ailment.

The Mississippi native has dominated Cincy throughout his career boasting a gaudy 23-3 record, 2.81 ERA, 1.147 WHIP and a 3.13 K/BB ratio in 34 lifetime starts. This includes an 11-1 mark and sub-3.00 ERA in 16 career starts in the city of Cincinnati. This goes without saying, but it's evident the righty enjoys pitching on the banks of the Ohio River, or for that matter, the team hailing from the banks of the Ohio River.

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