A rumor circulated over the weekend that the Philadelphia Phillies could be interested in bringing back starting pitcher Roy Oswalt, who seems to have been shut out from the two teams that he preferred joining: the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers.
CSN Philly notes that an Oswalt return to Philly seems highly doubtful since the team doesn't have much money to throw in his direction. After all, the team already has committed $168 million to 20 players next season. Plus, CSN points out, the back problems that put Oswalt on the disabled list twice last year "may also make him a risk the team is unwilling to take."
CSN also notes that "perhaps the clearest indication that Oswalt will not be back" is the fact that reliever Michael Schwimer has been given Oswalt's old number: 44.