The Washington Nationals plan to make a major push for right-handed starter Roy Oswalt, a source told Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
According to Rosenthal, the Nationals believe that Oswalt, a free-agent, would be a great veteran fit for the team’s rotation that will likely include Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, John Lannan, and Chien-Ming Wang.
Oswalt, 34, had his option declined by the Philadelphia Phillies in October, 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.