Chances of Roy Oswalt joining Mets are now remote

The Mets have reportedly shown interest in signing RHP Roy Oswalt.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

4:52 pm: I agree with ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin (see below). Yesterday, I heard the Mets still felt there was a chance something could get done, but they were more interested in Oswalt as a back-of-the-bullpen guy, maybe even a closer, maybe even on a guaranteed deal, but specifically for the pen. And, it sounds to me like he is still interested in being a starting pitcher, maybe even doing the old Roger Clemens deal of joining a team in a pennant race just for the second half, which is not what the Mets have in mind.

2:06 pm: The chances of Oswalt joining the Mets are now remote (Rubin, ESPN New York).

Jan. 29: There’s still a chance the Mets sign Oswalt (Cerrone, MetsBlog).

Jan. 27: The team did have internal discussions about him before they signed Marcum (Martin, New York Post).

Jan. 26: Oswalt’s agent is unaware of any interest from the Mets (Carig, Newsday).

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Jan. 12: Oswalt might still want to pitch, but on his terms and perhaps for only a half a season (Cafardo, Boston Globe).

Stats: Oswalt, 35, went 4-3 with a 5.80 ERA in 17 appearances and nine starts with the Rangers last season. He worked only in relief during the month of September.

Oswalt went 3-3 with a 6.36 ERA in nine starts in 2012, allowing 33 earned runs, 69 hits, ten walks and nine home runs in 46 2/3 innings.

Oswalt didn’t begin his season until June 22, but didn’t sign with the Rangers until mid-May.

Contract: Oswalt signed a one-year, $5 million contract with Texas at the end of May last season.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I was told it’s still a possibility the Mets will sign Oswalt. I wonder if the Mets are considering Oswalt for a starter-reliever type role, like he did for Texas last season? The questions are: would he take a minor league deal, because I don’t think the Mets are looking to fill this role with a guarantee; and is he willing to pitch in relief? I was under the impression he was more likely to sit out and be a starter for just the second half, than he was to accept a minor league deal to maybe end up in the bullpen all season. But, who knows what he has in mind? He’s always been a bit of an enigma…

Michael Baron, Contributor

Oswalt has historically been a hard sinkerballer, and his velocity was still in the low 90′s last season with the Rangers. But he allowed 1.7 home runs per nine innings last season, which was the highest rate he’s posted in his career. While he struck out 59 batters in 59 innings, he allowed 90 baserunners over the same span. Maybe that was attributed to rust and a fluxuating role, but I wonder if it also had to do simply with his skills diminishing.