After indicating late Friday night that pitcher Roy Oswalt was signing with the St. Louis Cardinals "soon," the same major league source acknowledged Wednesday that Oswalt had not yet made a decision and that the Red Sox still "had a great chance" of signing him.
A Red Sox source confirmed Wednesday that the team had not abandoned hopes of signing Oswalt, indicating that the 34-year-old right-hander may have a better chance at a regular turn starting with Boston than with the other two clubs, both of whom appear to have filled their rotations.
The Cardinals and Rangers, however, have the advantage of being closer to Oswalt's Mississippi home, the Red Sox source said. Oswalt's agent, Bob Garber, had been quoted Saturday as saying that Oswalt would not take a bullpen job.
"I'm not sure anybody but (Oswalt), his family and his agent know what he's going to do,'' the Red Sox source said.
UPDATE: Speaking to reporters Wednesday night before a "town hall" meeting at Worcester Technical High School taped for airing Thursday on NESN, GM Ben Cherington said that unlike the Rangers, he has had no meetings with Oswalt.
"I wouldn't rule out adding a starter,'' he said, "but it's unlikely at this point.''