No decision Friday for Oswalt: source

January, 27, 2012
BOSTON -- Free agent pitcher Roy Oswalt will not be choosing a new team Friday night, a major league source said, even as reports surfaced that the life-long National Leaguer is leaning toward signing with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Red Sox “are still in the mix,’’ the source said. Boston had made Oswalt a prime target, especially after freeing up salary by trading shortstop Marco Scutaro to the Colorado Rockies last week. Team sources have indicated that the Sox would shift their attentions to acquiring right-hander Gavin Floyd from the White Sox if they fail to land Oswalt. The White Sox are seeking prospects in return, but to date their asking price has been too high.

A longshot possibility remains free-agent right-hander Edwin Jackson, especially if he is willing to sign a one-year deal. But the Sox so far have balked at Jackson’s price, after calling the one-year, $10 million deal signed by free-agent right-hander Hiroki Kuroda “too rich” for their tastes.

Oswalt's decision is likely within the next 24 to 48 hours.

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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