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Teams feel like Roy Oswalt “doesn’t want it bad enough”

Roy Oswalt

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Roy Oswalt (44) reacts after giving up a two run homer to Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Kendrys Morales, not shown, during the sixth inning of the baseball game Monday, July 30, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)


Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears that Roy Oswalt “may still want to pitch, but, again, on his terms and perhaps for only a half a season.” He adds:

”... many teams have given up trying to persuade him to pitch, feeling the vibe is that he just doesn’t want it bad enough.”

Sounds about right. In addition to not pitching very well last season -- Oswalt posted a 5.80 ERA over 59 innings for the Rangers -- he was not at all happy when Ron Washington moved him to the bullpen.

One can never know what truly lurks in the hearts of men, but there seems to lack a sense of self-awareness in Oswalt. Dude must think he’s still some ace-for-hire as opposed to, well, what he is.