Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Roy Oswalt has been open about the fact that he’s not sure of his playing future beyond this season. Well, after a strong past two months, it looks like the three-time All-Star wants to return to baseball in 2012.
The 34-year-old Oswalt contemplated retirement before last season’s trade that sent him to Philadelphia, and in spring training this year he was still uncertain if he’d be back in baseball next season. Well, Oswalt’s agent, Bob Garber, has strongly suggested that his client will, in fact be back next season.
The Phillies will face a tough decision if Oswalt does wish to return. The veteran righty has a club option for next season at $16 million, with a $2 million buyout. Despite Oswalt’s recent string of success, that’s a lot of cash for a guy with his numbers this season.
The 10-year veteran is currently 8-9 with a 3.60 ERA in 22 starts. He also carries a 1.37 WHIP, and has struck out 89 batters while allowing 150 hits and 32 walks in 133 innings pitched. He has also struggled with back problems.
If Oswalt is set on returning, the Phillies will most likely have to negotiate a new deal with him. Their payroll is currently maxed out and $16 million is way too much to pay for a guy of Oswalt’s diminishing skills. He’s still a solid pitcher and can help a team but he’s not the ace he was when he signed his current deal with the Houston Astros.
We think Oswalt will be back next season and he’ll be a member of the Phillies again, just at a reduced rate.