Roy Oswalt is expected to make an announcement of some kind today

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UPDATE:  Or not St. Louis.  At this point I think Oswalt is going to announce where he intends to eat lunch later today.

UPDATE: Signs may be pointing to St. Louis, as Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch hears.  Heyman, meanwhile, is hearing that it’s not Boston or Texas.

7:46 AMRoy Oswalt’s agent tells Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston that he’s going to make an announcement today.  No one knows what that announcement is, however.  Edes says the Red Sox still have an interest in him.  Oswalt himself apparently has interest in the Rangers and Cardinals, though it’s unclear if they have space for him.

If you made me guess, I’d say that he’s going to agree to pitch for Boston. But I’m wondering if he’s not willing to go all Andy Pettitte/Roger Clemens with this thing and announce that he’s going to wait until midseason or something and be a hired gun for a playoff contender.

If he did that, I bet the money would be more or less the same as what he’d get by settling now. Of course that would require him expanding his horizons in terms of where he’d play. Not doing that is what seems to have gotten him where he is now: past pitchers and catchers reporting dates without having a team.

Player to be named later in Yan Gomes deal named

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On November 30 the Nationals acquired catcher Yan Gomes from the Indians acquired infielder Andruw Monasterio from the Nationals for Daniel Johnson, Jefry Rodriguez and a player to be named later. The player has now been named: Andruw Monasterio.

Monasterio, an had been acquired by the Nationals from the Cubs in August in the Daniel Murphy deal. Now the 21-year-old infielder is on his way to Cleveland. He hit .267/.363/.338 in high-A ball last season. He’s probably a future utilityman. But hey, at least he now has a name.

[Editor: that’s not how “player to be named” works]

Anyway. Enjoy your Monday.