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Blue Jays of no interest to Roy Oswalt


Two days after Roy Oswalt‘s agent, Bob Gerber, told MLB Trade Rumors that there was “no chance” of his client pitching as a reliever next season, Oswalt has notified the Blue Jays and Indians that he has no interest in joining either club, according to Peter Gammons earlier this morning.

The news shouldn’t exactly come as a surprise, considering it was well known that the 11-year veteran was hoping to re-establish his value on a one-year deal, likely with a contender. While Oswalt’s certainly not the 6 WAR pitcher now that he was early in his career with the Astros, he pitched well at times this past season and could turn out to be a steal for a club next season.

The question is, would one year of Oswalt in Toronto — blocking Brett Cecil, Dustin McGowan or Kyle Drabek in the process — have benefited the Blue Jays in the long run?

- JM

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  • JamesFoster1

    Yes, I think it would have benefitted the Jays more in the long-run.

    One of those three wouldn’t have made the Jays anyways, one would have made the Jays even if Oswalt signed here and the third could have worked out of the Pen for a year (improving that in the process).

    If the Jays are closer then some think they are and he pushes them into playoff contention great (the long-run benefitt being that Toronto becomes a more attractive destination going forward, the shortrun benefit is obvious)! If they aren’t then he’d be a valuable chip at the trade deadline to trade for a future piece of the puzzle.

  • JamesFoster1

    Yes, I think it would have benefitted the Jays more in the long-run.

    One of those three wouldn’t have made the Jays anyways, one would have made the Jays even if Oswalt signed here and the third could have worked out of the Pen for a year (improving that in the process).

    If the Jays are closer then some think they are and he pushes them into playoff contention great (the long-run benefitt being that Toronto becomes a more attractive destination going forward, the shortrun benefit is obvious)! If they aren’t then he’d be a valuable chip at the trade deadline to trade for a future piece of the puzzle.

  • Albert Belo

    Yes, I think Oswalt would have helped long term as a veteran presence. So called hired guns don’t always work out but I think there’s a bit of a void created by losing Halladay and then Marcum that Oswalt would have helped fill, even if just for a year.

  • Albert Belo

    Yes, I think Oswalt would have helped long term as a veteran presence. So called hired guns don’t always work out but I think there’s a bit of a void created by losing Halladay and then Marcum that Oswalt would have helped fill, even if just for a year.