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The offseason hasn't gone as planned for Roy Oswalt.
The offseason hasn't gone as planned for Roy Oswalt.

Roy Oswalt has expressed a preference to pitch for the Texas Rangers or St. Louis Cardinals, but the economic limitations of those two teams have prevented them from making an acceptable offer. As a result, the Red Sox, Phillies, and Reds have all maintained contact with the right hander, who is running out of time to make a decision.

The Chicago Cubs and Matt Garza agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth almost $10 million, but that hasn't quelled rumors about the right hander being available on the trade market.

Manny Ramirez' attempted comeback has generated some interest around the majors, with the Athletics, Orioles and Blue Jays reportedly keeping tabs on the disgraced former World Series MVP.

The Athletics seem to be casting their net very wide this offseason. According to Peter Gammons, Billy Beane is also considering extending a spring training invitation to Magglio Ordonez.

The LoHud Yankees blog provided a run down of Bronx Bombers with the opportunity to make a good impression during Spring Training. Included on the list is Jorge Vazquez, a powerful first baseman who is gaining traction as a possible DH candidate.

Buster Posey continues to make progress as he rebounds from the horrific ankle injury that ended his 2011 season. Although the young superstar has expressed confidence about his ability to regain his timing in the batter's box, he is taking a more cautious approach to getting back behind the plate.

Rangers' outfielder Josh Hamilton convened a press conference to discuss his recent fall from sobriety. Not surprisingly, Hamilton's relapse has led many to argue that the Rangers should steer clear of signing him to a long-term extension.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are seeking to be absolved of liability for injuries sustained by Bryan Stow, the Giants' fan who was savagely beaten after last year's Opening Day at Dodger Stadium. According to the petition filed with the judge presiding over the team's bankruptcy case, the Dodgers have argued that lawsuits filed by Stow's family should be dismissed on the grounds that the team was an innocent third-party to the assault.