US PresswireThe Boston Red Sox have been rumored to be after a starting pitcher for weeks now and the word has been that the team could sign Roy Oswalt or Edwin Jackson to one-year deals or trade for Gavin Floyd of the Chicago White Sox. Now ESPN has it that Sox GM Ben Cherington "said Wednesday night that it is unlikely the team will add a starting pitcher in the near future." Cherington isn't ruling it out, mind you, but thinks it is unlikely.
This came on the heels of a report earlier Wednesday that the Sox had a "great chance" of signing the 34-year-old Oswalt, who went 9-10 for the Philadelphia Phillies and took two stints on the disabled list with a hurting back last season.
Oswalt met with the Texas Rangers Monday and has no meetings scheduled with the Sox, ESPN notes. Oswalt is thought to want to join the Rangers or St. Louis Cardinals rather than the Sox, who are farther from his home in Mississippi.
"I'm not sure anybody but [Oswalt], his family and his agent know what he's going to do,'' a Red Sox source told ESPN.