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.
Yesterday Mike Trout left the Marlins-Angels game after hurting his thumb while sliding head first into second base. After the game the Angels talked about it as if it were just a sprain. Trout had an MRI today, however, and the diagnosis is far worse: he has a torn thumb ligament.
While a treatment option has not yet been chosen, surgery is a possibility. A certainty is that he’ll miss, at the very least, several weeks of play. He has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.
Trout, the reigning AL MVP and, without question, the best player in baseball, is batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances this season. Even with the one of the weaker supporting casts in baseball, Trout had the Angels near .500 and in at least arguable contention in the AL West.
Without him, they are likely sunk. Without him, baseball is worse off.
SAN FRANCISCO — Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.
Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland’s 98 mph fastball in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0.
Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied.
At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout. Harper and Strickland were both ejected.
In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Strickland. After the star’s second shot, in Game 4, he stared at Strickland as he rounded the bases.