And then there was ... Oswalt.
Edwin Jackson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Washington Nationals believed to be in the $10 million range, which was about twice as much as the Red Sox wanted to spend.
Scott Boras told me moments ago he had a few offers for Jackson, some multi-year, one two-year and some one-year deals. He chose Washington which could be a contender in the NL East.
Boras has a signed a few players to one-year deals recently including Ryan Madson with the Reds and Kyle Lohse with the Cardinals. Obviously Adrian Beltre signed a one-year deal with the Red Sox two years ago. Boras does it when he realizes there will be another market developing for the player if he performs well in a big setting.
Boras praised Sox Ben Cherington for his diligence in trying to keep in touch on Jackson, but in the end Washington had a better offer.
Cherington said Wedneday at the Red Sox Town Hall held in Worcester that he was unlikely to sign a pitcher before spring training.
Roy Oswalt remains an option. But the veteran righty may also get a better deal elsewhere.