Roy Oswalt confirmed Friday that he would be willing to restructure his $16 million club option for 2012 given the right situation, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“I’m going to find a way to get it done,” Oswalt told a
gathering of Houston reporters. “I’m not going to go somewhere
where it’s going to be bad for me. And I don’t want to put the
Astros in a bad situation.”
“The money part I can work out with anybody, that’s not a big
deal,” he said Friday. “We can work on doing different things as
far as restructuring, whatever they want to do. That’s not a big
This is pretty easy to understand. If Oswalt gets traded, he wants to control his destiny, at least a little bit. Since he negotiated a no-trade clause in his contract, he has every right to do so. His preference is only part of the story, anyway. If the Cardinals are only offering Brendan Ryan and Jon Jay, this simply isn’t happening.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale made a hasty exit from his final Grapefruit League outing on Saturday after sustaining a left hip contusion. He was struck on the leg with a line drive from the Astros’ J.D. Davis in the first inning and immediately collapsed on the mound. He was able to walk off the field without a noticeable limp, however, and later told reporters that the ball struck a nerve and temporarily stunned his leg. As a precautionary move, the Red Sox pulled him after the incident and will have the left-hander undergo X-rays to rule out any further injury to his hip.
This was expected to be Sale’s last start of spring training. Prior to Saturday’s matinee against the Astros, the 28-year-old southpaw made three starts in camp, allowing five runs, one home run, three walks and striking out 18 batters in 14 innings. He’s still on track to start the season for the Red Sox during their road opener against the Rays next Thursday.