The market for free agent right-hander Roy Oswalt is beginning to heat up.
According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, the Dodgers have made an offer to Oswalt. The specific terms of the offer aren’t yet known, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported yesterday that the Dodgers checked in on Oswalt and considered his asking price — a pro-rated $7.5 million — to be “excessive.”
The Rangers are believed to be Oswalt’s preferred destination, but Rosenthal was told that he is looking for “the biggest payday.” This is quite a contrast to the offseason, where proximity to his home state of Mississippi was of greater importance. That’s presumably less of a concern now that he’ll only be playing half a season.
Oswalt recently threw for the Phillies, Rangers and Red Sox while the Brewers and Orioles have also been mentioned as possibilities. Upon signing a contract, he’ll likely need around a month before he’s major-league ready.
On a related note, the Dodgers placed Ted Lilly on the disabled list earlier this evening with left shoulder inflammation.
UPDATE: Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Dodgers made their offer a while ago and that the two sides were very far apart. He pegs the Rangers as the favorites.
As far as ejections go, this is one of the stranger ones you’ll hear about. Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was ejected in the bottom of the eighth inning of a game his team trailed at the time 18-6. Beltre was a few feet away from the circle towards home plate and was asked by Marlins pitcher Drew Steckenrider to get into the circle. So rather than step a few feet back to his right, Beltre picked up the circle and dragged it to where he was. And that got him ejected by second base umpire Gerry Davis. Manager Jeff Banister was also ejected after having a word with Davis.
Here’s a video from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports:
Beltre, by the way, went 3-for-3 with a walk, a pair of doubles, and a solo home run. He’s now four hits away from 3,000 for his career.
Phillies shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford’s stock has fallen sharply this season. He had an abysmal first three months, batting .203/.321/.276 in 291 plate appearances. Baseball America rated him the 12th overall prospect in baseball going into the season and rated him No. 92 in their midseason top 100. It was bad.
Since the calendar turned to July, however, Crawford has been more like his normal self. In 92 at-bats this month entering Wednesday night’s action, he was hitting .300/.391/.650 with six home runs, 13 RBI, 18 runs scored, and a terrific 15/12 K/BB ratio.
Crawford padded his stats more on Wednesday night as he circled the bases for an inside-the-park grand slam. Via the IronPigs Twitter:
Crawford was actually dead-to-rights at home, but he fooled the catcher with a great late slide.
Crawford finished 1-for-3 with a walk along with the slam on the night as the IronPigs beat the Gwinnett Braves 8-2.