New York Mets may have interest in Roy Oswalt

Last week, the New York Mets inked their first major-league free agent this off-season, right-handed starter Shaun Marcum (1-year/$4 million, plus incentives). The addition of Marcum gave New York a full rotation, allowing them to focus on other areas of need. Or, at least that is what most people assumed; including myself.  While most fans are waiting to see where the Michael Bourn rumors will lead, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported the club is showing interest in acquiring 35-year-old free-agent starter Roy Oswalt:

The Mets have shown interest in free-agent right-hander Roy Oswalt, and the door has not fully closed even with the addition of Shaun Marcum to round out the projected rotation, a baseball source told”

Meanwhile, the 35-year-old right-handers agent told Marc Carig of Newsday, he was “not aware of any interest” from the Mets.

Roy Oswalt’s agent, Bob Garber: “I’m not aware of any interest” from the Mets.
Marc Carig

Carig added the following in a post to Newsday:

If the Mets indeed are interested in signing veteran pitcher Roy Oswalt, it’s news to his longtime agent, Bob Garber. “Not sure where [the] report came from,” Garber said in a text message. “I’m not aware of any interest from [the] Mets.”

Despite a starting rotation that appears to be filled with the pending signing of Shaun Marcum, a published report Saturday linked Oswalt to the Mets, who are known to be in the market for bullpen help.”

Rubin also provided more information later on Twitter:

Source I trust believes #Mets visited Oswalt in past month. Didn’t include in article bc wanted verification. Alderson didn’t reply to text.
Adam Rubin

The he said/she said is pretty interesting as ‘sources’ battle between reports and all the while we are talking about a 35-year-old Roy Oswalt who, frankly, is nothing like the pitcher he was with the Astros.  While you can never have enough pitching depth, the Mets already have a set 5-man rotation, and plenty of guys in the minors who could step up to make a spot start if needed.  And so, it has me wondering if the Mets are interested in bringing Oswalt in to help the pen.  In 17 appearances (nine starts) for the Texas Rangers last season, the 35-year-old right-hander allowed 38 earned runs on 79 hits and 11 walks, while striking out 59. After signing a one-year, minor league deal in mid-May, Oswalt made his 2012 season debut on June 22, less than a month after he signed a one-year, minor league deal with the club and was used strictly out of the pen in September and October:




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