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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Name to Consider: Roy Oswalt

By Andrew Marchand

With the Phillies declining the option of Roy Oswalt, he is a free agent and someone the Yankees will have to consider.

Oswalt is 34 and often, but not chronically, injured. He could be a good fit on a one- or two-year contract.

Last season, he went 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA for the Phillies. He pitched nearly 140 innings.

In 2010, the Yankees had talks with the Astros about trading for Oswalt, but GM Ed Wade dealt Oswalt to the Phillies. During the stretch run, Oswalt went 7-1 with a 1.74 ERA.

Oswalt is 159-93 with a 3.21 ERA for his career. He is 5-2 with a 3.74 ERA in 13 postseason games (11 starts).

Here is the question: If you started the playoffs next year, whom would you rather have after CC Sabathia --- Oswalt or C.J. Wilson?

Oswalt is cheaper and probably better.