Roy Oswalt would be open to restructuring contract

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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
deal.”

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.

Braves ink Blaine Boyer to a minor league deal

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 2:  Relief pitcher Blaine Boyer #48 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers to home plate during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on October 2, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.

Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.

Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.

Report: Rays nearing a deal with Shawn Tolleson

ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 18: Reliever Shawn Tolleson #37 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning at Busch Stadium on June 18, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.

Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.