CINCINNATI -- As Spring Training is set to open in less than two weeks for many clubs, including the Reds, free agent starting pitcher Roy Oswalt is still without a job. Speculation that aggressive Cincinnati has been in talks to sign Oswalt has heated up repeatedly in recent days. Not true, general manager Walt Jocketty claimed emphatically on Tuesday.
"The media has been putting us into it. I'm tired of it," Jocketty said. "I try to be upfront with you guys. I've gotten a lot of calls from people. I'm not saying something couldn't ever happen, but there's nothing to lead me to believe we will sign him." Oswalt, 34, was 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA in 23 starts for the Phillies last season and was once the longtime ace of the Astros' rotation. Last month, Jocketty revealed that Oswalt's agent had contacted him. However, the GM said at the time that he didn't think it was possible financially and made no effort to start negotiations. Besides the Reds, the Red Sox, Rangers and Cardinals have all been rumored suitors for Oswalt during the winter. Texas and St. Louis haven't really said it was unlikely they would be able to sign Oswalt. "I don't know where he's going," Jocketty said. "We haven't had any serious discussions with him. We've had no contact with that player."