Really? You think signing Oswalt so we don't have to rely on Alfredo Aceves and the Carlos Silvas of the world to be our fifth starter makes the Sox a patsy?
If so, can you explain why anyone should ever take you seriously about anything?
Not that he can't speak for himself, but I took it to mean that Oswalt would use the RS offer to improve or get an offer from one of his "preferred" teams.
I think that's part of it, but I just don't see Oswalt as a smart signing option. He has started to break down on a yearly basis, has signified a real desire to pitch closer to home (based, in part, on tornado devastation that hit his home area), has talked about retirement and has never pitched in the AL.
For me, that's just too many red flags ... particularly at a time where the Red Sox are supposedly pinching pennies. Oswalt isn't what he once was; he is what he is now. It's just my GUESS that signing him would be a mistake.
If they can't get a trade worked out for a Floyd or, yes, a Garza, then I'd rather they start the season with Bard/Aceves/Cook/Miller and use that $5M-$8M on an in-season acquisition once they get to the heavy part of the schedule.
I do wish, though, that I had thought of that Oswald/patsy connection. That was pretty good