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.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.