Free agent starting pitcher Roy Oswalt has told major league clubs he may return to play midseason, a source has told ESPN.
According to Oswalt’s agent Bob Garber, the pitcher was planning to officially announce his plans sometime Thursday. No further deals have been provided by the pitcher or his agent as of yet.
Oswalt had been rumored to have many suitors this offseason, however none of them could reportedly meet his asking price, which is believed to be between $8 and $10 million for the season. The St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, and Boston Red Sox were all believed to be in talks with Oswalt as recently as this week. The Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals, and Pittsburgh Pirates also expressed interest. Oswalt had his option declined by the Philadelphia Phillies in October, making him a free-agent this winter. As a result, the three-time All-Star received a $2 million buyout instead of $16 million in salary over the course of 2012.