OK, now that Hamlet -- er, Roy Oswalt -- finally has made a decision, how effective will he be for the Texas Rangers?
How healthy is he?
How quickly will he join the Rangers' rotation?
How will he fare pitching in the American League for the first time?
These are all fair questions, and the Rangers can't pretend to know all of the answers.
Don't get me wrong; the Rangers aren't necessarily making a mistake by signing Oswalt and paying him between $5 million and $6 million for the rest of the season, according to a major-league source.
Yes, the Rangers already were over budget with an Opening Day payroll of $120.5 million, the sixth-highest in the majors. But they're second in the majors in home attendance, on pace to draw a club-record 3.5 million.
The Rangers can afford Oswalt, no question. After losing two straight World Series, they should go all-out to win one. The loss of right-hander Neftali Feliz to an elbow injury created an opening for Oswalt, and the Texas offense -...