Nationals reportedly talk with Wilson and Oswalt’s agent

We’re firmly in the hot stove league season now, and this will be one of the hot-stoviest (to coin a phrase) stories you read on this blog.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo met with Bob Garber - the agent for pitchers Roy Oswalt and C.J. Wilson - at the general managers’ meetings in Milwaukee yesterday, according to a report in the Washington Post. The Nationals are pursuing a veteran starter for their staff this winter, but according to a report by FOXSports’ Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi, they prefer Oswalt to Wilson.

That shouldn’t come as a huge surprise; Oswalt should be more affordable than Wilson, who might get a five-year deal as some of the game’s biggest spenders get involved in the bidding for him. Oswalt is 34, and made only 23 starts last season after dealing with back issues, but he’s thrown an average of 220 innings a season in his career. His stature (6-foot) and his short-arm delivery evoke that of Jordan Zimmermann, for whom Oswalt could be a mentor. If the Nationals can get him for a two-year deal, possibly with an option for a third year, it could be a good move.

But things are only at the discussion phase, and they’re likely to stay there for a while. That’s life in the hot stove league