The Red Sox would have to free up payroll to sign Roy Oswalt

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Things that seem strange to me: (1) that no one has yet (that we know of) offered Roy Oswalt a contract; and (2) that, if the Red Sox are going to, they’re going to have to shed payroll first. Rob Bradford of WEEI:

… the Red Sox are taking the same stance with Oswalt as they did with Kuroda — in order to sign the pitcher at his current asking price a corresponding roster move would have to made in order to free up payroll.

He wants a one-year deal and will likely get, what, $8-9 million? I know business is business and the new Collective Bargaining Agreement makes hitting the luxury tax worse than it used to be, but t just seems strange to me to hear about the Red Sox having to do payroll gymnastics.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.