Bill Ladson of MLB.com hears that Roy Oswalt is looking for a three-year contract. And after Bruce Chen, Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang have all received two-year deals this offseason, some team might be willing to go there.
Of course, the major concern with Oswalt is his degenerative back condition. While the 34-year-old right-hander had a respectable 3.69 ERA and 93/33 K/BB ratio over 139 innings this season, was he limited to just 23 starts and the velocity on his fastball (91.4 mph) was a career low.
Oswalt is a major risk on a multi-year contract, but teams like the Nationals, Red Sox or Yankees might be willing to take the gamble. The market has been pretty slow on him until this point, but things should clear up once C.J. Wilson and Mark Buehrle are off the board.
Former All-Star first baseman Todd Helton has been charged with driving under the influence after a single-car accident in Knoxville, Tennessee.
According to the sheriff’s report, Helton’s car struck a telephone pole just before 6PM on March 18. He was not seriously injured, but was taken to the hospital for observation. Helton told deputies that he had taken an Ambien a few hours earlier. There was a cup in Helton’s car that “had the odor of an alcoholic beverage.”
Helton’s lawyer says that Helton has entered a treatment program. This was his second DUI arrest in the past six years. He was arrested in Colorado in 2013 while on the disabled list during his final season playing for the Colorado Rockies. He retired that year.
Helton, a five-time All-Star, played for the Rockies from 1997 through 2013, winning three Gold Gloves and collecting 2,519 hits and 369 homers. In 2000 he led the league in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, RBI, doubles, total bases and hits.