Thursday, February 23, 2012
Morning report: Day of decision for Oswalt
By Gordon Edes
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Good morning from the Fort (forecast: sunny and 85 degrees), on the first day position players are scheduled to report. It’s kind of anticlimactic, given that all of the position players already are here.
That may be less impressive than it sounds. According to my ESPN colleague Buster Olney, that has been par for the course in most camps, but hey, give credit where credit is due. These guys are clearly ready to work.
We are expected, finally, to have some resolution on free agent pitcher Roy Oswalt. His agent, Bob Garber, sent me an email Wednesday night that Oswalt will have an announcement Thursday. Red Sox sources said they didn’t know what the announcement entailed. That could suggest Oswalt isn't coming here, though one team source said Wednesday night that the Sox still had interest in the 34-year-old right-hander, a 159-game winner in his career (3.21 ERA) who has been plagued with back problems in recent years.
This is pure speculation on my part, but unless Oswalt feels healthy enough to give a team between 180 to 200 innings, he might be a great candidate to follow the example of former Astros teammate Roger Clemens, who in both 2006 (Astros) and 2007 (Yankees) didn’t sign until May and gave them seasons of 113 and 99 1/3 innings, respectively.
Later Thursday, MVP runner-up Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to have a formal media session on the bench outside the clubhouse -- as formal as you can call any press conference in some reporters are wearing shorts and T-shirts.