2011 MLB Rumors: Rockies Aggressively Pursuing Roy Oswalt?

We already knew that the Colorado Rockies were searching for starting pitching help, as we got word that the Rockies are looking at some pitchers from the Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays, but now we can add Roy Oswalt to the mix. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies are aggressively pursuing Oswalt in their attempts to improve the quality of their rotation.

Renck, who spoke with numerous agents and executives, also added that the veteran pitcher isn't in a hurry to sign with any specific team. He's presumably going to have an abundance of options as one of the best starting pitchers on the open market, even as a 34-year-old. It's unclear whether the Rockies have made an offer.

Oswalt only made 23 starts last season while dealing with some back issues, but he was effective on the mound, posting a 3.69 ERA in 139 innings. His average fastball velocity was down to a career-low 91.4 MPH, compared to a figure as high as 93.0 MPH as recently as 2009, but his peripherals numbers were still pretty strong.

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