The Washington Nationals reportedly have interest in signing free-agent starter Roy Oswalt, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com.
Last winter the Nationals made a strong charge for a top-of-the-rotation starter. The team was reportedly in the mix to sign then free-agent Cliff Lee until the very end, and also had a trade in place to acquire starter Zack Greinke from the Kansas City Royals before the right-hander nixed the deal. Oswalt could potentially fill such a role in 2012 for a rotation that should, for the first time, feature a healthy Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, and Chien-Ming Wang.
Oswalt, 34, had his option declined by the Philadelphia Phillies last week making him a free-agent. As a result, the three-time All-Star received a $2 million buyout instead of $16 million in salary over the course of 2012. In 23 games started for Philadelphia last season, Oswalt 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 Houston Astros and the Phillies.