Does Roy Oswalt have any magic left?
Updated: January 30, 2012, 5:51 PM ETBy Eric Karabell
I suppose to some fantasy baseball owners it doesn't really matter which team right-hander Roy Oswalt ends up with. There was a SportsNation poll on ESPN.com on Monday that listed the top options as being the St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers. Any or all of those teams could be postseason-bound, possessing strong offenses, so run support wouldn't be an issue. Perhaps another team will enter the fray. Regardless, Oswalt is an established veteran and, assuming some degree of health, seems to be a nice sleeper for the 2012 season.
Of course, that didn't matter at the recent ESPN Fantasy Baseball Summit meetings, when I felt alone on an island reminding the crew that Oswalt was the No. 20 starting pitcher in ESPN average live drafts a year ago. Let's just say he won't be in nearly as much demand this season, if he's chosen at all. Oswalt isn't likely to make our top 50 starting pitchers. A year ago, he was 33, coming off a season with a 2.76 ERA, 1.025 WHIP and 193 strikeouts in 211 2/3 innings, an ace among aces in that Philly rotation. Now he's 34 and coming off a season with numbers considerably worse and a back problem, and potentially still looking for a job in February. Ah, how soon they forget.
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