Rockies starter Roy Oswalt will begin his rehab on Tuesday with the Rockies’ Grand Junction rookie-league team, reports Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. The 35-year-old has been on the shelf since July 8 with a strained left hamstring. Prior to his injury, he compiled a 7.64 ERA over four starts spanning 17.2 innings.
The Rockies signed Oswalt to a Minor League deal on May 2 with a Major League salary of $2.3 million. Their hope is that Oswalt can use the remainder of this season and the off-season to recover and compete for a rotation spot next spring. Manager Walt Weiss was quoted in the Saunders column as saying, “We still think he can perform. I know his numbers aren’t what he would like them to be, but there is still a lot left.”
It’s extension season and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros — who already agreed to an extension with Alex Bregman — are discussing contract extensions with Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole.
Funny thing about Verlander, by the way: when he got his current $180 million deal, most people fell into the “oh, there’s an overpay!” column. What’s more, this past winter, when everyone was talking about how bad it is to give guys big long term deals, Verlander’s name was notably absent in the conversation despite the fact that his deal has turned out to be quite good. I suppose that says something about how good the anti-long-term deal folks are at cherrypicking.
That being said, Rosenthal says “it would be an upset” if either Verlander or Cole signed extensions. I can see that. Verlander is locked up this year and has a vesting option for 2020, and a lot can happen in a year or two. Cole is a Scott Boras client and Boras clients tend to hit the market rather than sign extensions. Perhaps their former teammate, Dallas Keuchel‘s, terrible experience on the free agent market this winter will alter that calculus. Hard to say.