Rangers Enter Oswalt Sweepstakes

by Matthew on January 29, 2012

The Dallas Morning News reported early Sunday that the Texas Rangers are looking to increase their bullpen strength, and have scheduled a meeting  with right-hander Roy Oswalt on Monday, assuming he is still on the market at that time.

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While CBS.com reported Friday night that Oswalt had turned down a one-year offer for around $10 million from the Detroit Tigers. Boston, St. Louis Houston, and now the Rangers, are all now involved in the Oswalt sweepstakes.

Although the Rangers have not made an official offer, and you have to wonder how Oswalt will fit into a rotation that already includes Feliz, Darvish, Ogando, Harrison, Holland, and Lewis.

Most already thought Oswalt was destined for a job with the St; Louis Cardinals, but Cardinals GM John Mozeliak denies that any deal was or is in the works. The Cards  already have five starting pitchers, and Lohse and Westbrook have full no trade clauses. Unless they don’t mind going to camp with six starters.

Oswalt, an 11-year veteran, made 23 starts for the Philadelphia Phillies last season, posting a 9-10 record and 3.69 earned-run average.

While money figures to play a role in the signing process, Oswalt is reportedly more interested in remaining close to his Mississippi home and playing for a team that can give him a shot at a World Series title in 2012.

In my opinion, those points should eventually land him with the Rangers.

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