Tigers, Red Sox Reportedly Show Interest In Roy Oswalt

The Detroit Tigers would are reportedly interested in adding starting pitcher Roy Oswalt to the mix but they appear to have strong competition from the Boston Red Sox. Fox Sports baseball writer Jon Morosi reports that the Red Sox are in hot pursuit of Oswalt after dealing shortstop Marco Scutaro.

Sources: #Tigers are on fringe of Roy Oswalt sweepstakes, not as involved as #RedSox at the moment. But situation is fluid.

If Boston remains motivated to land Oswalt the pitcher may be a long shot for Detroit, but as Bless You Boys mentions, making a play for the pitcher would be worth the effort.

It feels like the kind of move Detroit needs to make. I don't think anyone is going to sit here and debate that Oswalt can be a valuable contributor in the rotation. Some have mentioned that Detroit needs a left-hander, but I would argue that Detroit doesn't need a left-hander. Especially if they had a pitcher of Oswalt's quality whose splits are nearly equally good no matter the side of the plate the batter stands (career OPS against of.680 vs. RHB, .694 vs LHB).

Oswalt went 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA in 23 starts for the Philadelphia Phillies last season.

For more on the Detroit Tigers, check out Bless You Boys. You can also head over to SB Nation's main MLB hub at Baseball Nation.

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