Over the offseason, the story was that Roy Oswalt was looking to stay close to his Mississippi home, which eliminated teams like the Red Sox and Yankees from consideration. But now that it's almost June, and he's realized, "Boy, that's a lot of family time," he's more willing to sign with a team that might not be that close. The sticking point now? Money. From Ken Rosenthal:
Yet, the free-agent right-hander remains unsigned, and the possibility of him returning in June is diminishing by the hour.
The reason? Major-league executives say it’s Oswalt’s asking price.
The Dodgers checked in and considered the price "excessive." One source said Oswalt wants a pro-rated $7.5 million in base salary. Another said that Oswalt’s desired salary is a moving target, "but always high.
When Oswalt signs, he'll still have to take his sweet time getting in game shape, but he could still be a valuable part of a contending rotation. He's willing to wait, though, and if he's not going to budge with his demands, he'll have to wait for an injury that makes one of his suitors desperate. Roy Oswalt's kind of ghoulish when you put it that way.