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Red Sox And Roy Oswalt Unlikely To Reach Agreement

Roy Oswalt won't be agreeing to a new contract with the Boston Red Sox, at least not any time soon. According to a league source there is "no traction" in talks between the two parties at this point. That doesn't mean that discussions have completely died, but the odds of Oswalt ending up in Boston have dropped steeply.

General manager Ben Cherington indicated last week that Red Sox may be not be able to pull in another starting pitcher before the start of spring training.

"We wouldn't rule out adding a starter, but I think it's unlikely at this point," Cherington told reporters. "I think we're going to keep looking for ways to improve the team, including the pitching staff, but I wouldn't expect any major changes between now and the [spring training] report date."

Oswalt has been linked to several teams throughout his free agency, most notably the Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies.

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