The veteran right hander, Roy Oswalt, may be inching closer to getting some Major League work. Much like last season, Oswalt will have to start in the minors and prove he is ready for a Major League role. This time, though, he will be doing so in the Colorado Rockies' organization.
Oswalt gave us a hint of what was coming yesterday before the news broke, then Troy Renick of the Denver Post confirmed the fact that Oswalt was signing a minor league deal with the Rockies.
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Oswalt last pitched for the Texas Rangers, but he was largely ineffective. He struggled as a starter and was eventually moved to the Rangers' bullpen. Overall, Oswalt went 4-3 with a 5.80 ERA last season. He started nine games and made eight relief appearances. The Rangers, who expected Oswalt to help boost them in the second half, lost the American League West and were forced to play in a one-game playoff as the Wild Card.
Oswalt may or may not have anything left in the tank, but there is no denying his body of work. In 12 Major League seasons, Oswalt has a 163-96 record with a 3.28 ERA. He is a three-time All-Star and has finished top-ten in Cy Young voting six times.
From the Rockies' standpoint, this is a no-lose situation. They need pitching help, and if Oswalt can perform well in the minors, they may have a solid replacement in his presence. If Oswalt struggles in the minors, the Rockies can cut him. They have not overcommitted themselves on this deal. For Oswalt, it once again gives him the opportunity to prove he can still pitch.
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