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Offseason Decision: Roy Oswalt

November 2nd, 2011 by Mike H. | 4 Comments | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Of the early decisions Ruben Amaro needs to make, one of the most crucial is whether to offer Oswalt arbitration. Oswalt was ranked by the Elias Sports Bureau as a Type A free agent. That means Oswalt’s future will go one of three possible ways.

1. The Phillies offer arbitration and Oswalt accepts. The Phillies are trying to avoid this. If Oswalt accepts he’s probably inline for a contract valued around 15-16 million dollars.

2. The Phillies offer arbitration and Oswalt declines. This would net a first or second round draft pick plus a compensation round pick if he signed elsewhere.

3. The Phillies don’t offer arbitration and Oswalt leaves for another team. The Phillies would receive no compensation in that scenario.

Despite struggling through back problems for a good part of the season, Oswalt managed 23 starts and posted a 9-10 record with a 3.69 ERA. It marked the first time since 2004 that Oswalt had not made at least 30 starts.

If healthy, Oswalt would be an attractive target for a lot of teams. The Yankees and Rangers both could be potential fits. The Yankees don’t have much proven depth behind Sabathia and the Rangers could potentially lose C.J. Wilson to free agency.