September 29, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Roy Oswalt (44) pitches during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Roy Oswalt wants to pitch next season

Veteran pitcher Roy Oswalt wants to return to pitch in 2013.

A source of MLB Trade Rumors says “that while Oswalt prefers starting, he’s open to a late inning relief role,” and “in fact, he’s already been approached by multiple teams about that possibility” and “though Oswalt has struggled the last few seasons, it appears he is seeking a Major League deal.”

Oswalt pitched for Colorado Rockies last season and had a very rough year. In nine games (six starts), he pitched just 32.1 innings. He gave up 31 earned runs on 49 hits and nine walks. He was 0-6 with an 8.43 ERA and a WHIP of 1.79.

Oswalt originally signed a minor league contract with the Rockies and soon hit the shelf because of a hamstring injury.

However, Oswalt’s fantastic career can’t be denied. He’s 163-102 with a 3.36 ERA. Plus, he’s still just 36 years old. If he can stay healthy, he could still provide help to a team in need. As recently as 2011 with the Philadelphia Phillies, Oswalt was 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA in 23 starts.

Oswalt pitched for the Houston Astros from 2001 until 2010 when he joined the Phillies. He pitched for the Texas Rangers in 2012.

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