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MLB Rumors: Washington Nationals Target Roy Oswalt After Missing Mark Buehrle, According To Report

The Washington Nationals made an offer to free-agent pitcher Mark Buehrle, but he rejected it and signed a four-year, $58 million deal with the Miami Marlins instead. With Buehrle out of the picture, the Nationals have targeted Roy Oswalt, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.

Word is, the Nats' offer to Buehrle fell short in both AAV and number of years. Their target now is Roy Oswalt.
Oswalt, 33, went 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA for the Philadelphia Phillies last year. He had been acquired from the Houston Astros the previous season. He had his issues at times for Philadelphia, but like Buehrle, he would fit the bill of a veteran, reliable starter at the top of a rotation. He probably would not command a four-year contract either.

It remains unclear whether the Phillies will make a run at keeping Oswalt, as well as which other teams are interested in signing him.

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