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.
Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.
The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.
Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.
The Dodgers staved off a four-game series sweep at the hands of the Phillies, winning 5-4 on Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The win reduced their magic number in the NL West to one, meaning that a win against the Giants at home or a Diamondbacks loss to the Marlins on Friday will result in clinching the division.
Of course, the Dodgers winning and the Diamondbacks losing hasn’t exactly been a sure thing lately. The D-Backs rattled off a 13-game winning streak from August 24 through September 6. The Dodgers lost 11 games in a row from September 2-11 and were on a four-game slide before Thursday’s win.
The Dodgers will send Rich Hill to the mound to start opposite Jeff Samardzija. The Diamondbacks have Zack Greinke opposing Adam Conley.