Free-agent starting pitcher Roy Oswalt is now only demanding a one-year deal, a change in attitude which has reportedly increased the demand for the one-time All-Star, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports.
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Oswalt had previously been seeking a three-year deal, however teams have been wary to commit long-term to the starter who was hampered by back injuries last year. According to Crasnick, Oswalt wishes to prove he is healthy with a one-year-deal and will then attempt to secure a longer deal in the winter of 2012.
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.