Despite their need for starting pitching depth, the New York Yankees will reportedly not go after free-agent starting pitcher Roy Oswalt, according to ESPN.com.
An anonymous source told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York that the Yankees are "very worried about (Oswalt’s) injury history. The guy's falling apart from that back of his. That's why Houston dumped him."
The Philadelphia Phillies recently made Oswalt a free-agent after choosing to buy out his contract for $2 million instead of picking up his $16 million option for 2012. The 33-year-old spent the majority of his career with the Houston Astros before he was traded to the Phillies at the 2010 trade deadline for starting pitcher J.A. Happ and an array of minor leaguers. In 23 games started last season, the three-time All-Star posted a 9-10 record with a 3.69 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 139 innings pitched. For his career, Oswalt has posted a 159-93 record with a stellar 3.21 ERA in 11 seasons with the Astros and the Phillies.