Oswalt reportedly will sit out until midseason


Oswalt reportedly will sit out until midseason

One thing that's become abundantly clear this offseason: Roy Oswalt really doesn't want to play for the Red Sox.

It looks like Oswalt is going to announce sometime today that he plans to stay unemployed until midseason, when -- as Roger Clemens did in 2006 and '07 and as Curt Schilling once pondered doing in '08 -- he may auction himself off to the highest bidder. This decision apparently was sparked by the dual facts that a) the two teams he wants to play for (the Cardinals and Astros) don't want himcan't afford him, at least not now, and b) the team that wants him (the Red Sox, albeit at their price), he wants no part of.

Hardball Talk's Craig Calcaterra approves:

To be honest, it may be his most lucrative one. Every team thinks they have a decent rotation now. Such is the nature of February. When reality intrudes, however, and clubs are holding their rotations together with bailing wire and chewing gum, Roy Oswalt is going to look like a pretty damn good option.
Probably true. And it's a good career move . . . almost as good as the decision to stay out of a hitter's ballpark (Fenway Park) in the offense-happy A.L. East at age 34.

Kraft joins four other owners on Goodell’s committee of closest advisers


Kraft joins four other owners on Goodell’s committee of closest advisers

Robert Kraft’s relationship with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was no doubt tested by the Deflategate saga, but apparently the Patriots owner is still thought of highly enough to be included in the new committee of five owners who will be among Goodell’s closest advisers.

Kraft, the New York Giants’ John Mara, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Art Rooney II, the Kansas City Chiefs’ Clark Hunt and the Houston Texans’ Bob McNair will form the committee. Those five are chairmen of the league’s various committees: Media (Kraft), Finance, Stadium, International and the Management Council Executive Committee.

The five had worked closely with Goodell on an informal basis. The NFL has now made their status official. 

More here from NBCSports.com’s Pro Football Talk.

Kraft, long one of the most powerful owners in the NFL, has been critical of Goodell’s handling of the Deflategate case, but also stood down as “one of 32” owners and accepted the league’s punishment in the case without appealing.