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The Texas Rangers are the front-runner as the Roy Oswalt sweepstakes steam toward a conclusion.
Ownership approval, in fact, appears to be the only roadblock left for the Rangers, major-league sources say.
The Rangers are over-budget; their $120.5 million Opening Day payroll ranked sixth in the majors.
However, the team's average attendance has increased from 36,382 last season to 43,818 through 24 games -- second only to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Oswalt, who lives in Weir, Miss., has long preferred to play for the Rangers or the contender closest to his farm in Missouri, the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Rangers, who passed on Oswalt in spring training due to their surplus of starting pitchers, recently lost right-hander Neftali Feliz, creating an opening in their rotation.
Oswalt, 34, likely will need about a month to get ready. He had a 3.69 ERA in 23 starts for the Phillies last season, but twice went on the disabled list with back trouble.
The Rangers' interest stems in part from Oswalt's prior relationship with club president Nolan Ryan, and perhaps received a final push when the Los Angeles Angels lost right-hander Jered Weaver to an apparent back injury on Monday night.
By signing Oswalt, the Rangers effectively would stage a preemptive strike on the Angels, preventing their principal division rival from acquiring the free-agent pitcher.
The Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers also have shown interest in Oswalt. The Phillies are awaiting word on the condition of right-hander Roy Halladay's shoulder, and the Dodgers recently put lefty Ted Lilly on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.
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Roy Oswalt officially joined the Rangers with a one-year contract. He expects to join the big league rotation after about four starts. Oswalt told reporters that thrown bullpen sessions every other day for the past six weeks. His first start is excepted to come at Triple-A Round Rock, on Saturday. "My arm feels great, my body feels great," Oswalt said during a conference...
It appears that the rich are about to get richer. Roy Oswalt has agreed to a contract with the Texas Rangers, according to the Dallas News, citing a source close to the negotiations. Oswalt had been courted by several teams since the beginning of the year, including the Red Sox, but seems like he settled on the Rangers after a spot in their rotation opened up with Neftali Feliz&...
Roy Oswalt's lengthy free agency came to a close on Tueday afternoon. The veteran starter agreed to terms with the Texas Rangers on a contract worth $5 million guaranteed. The Red Sox were among the teams interested in Oswalt, but it turns out that they may not have ever had a chance in the bidding war. Oswalt, who had geographic interests at heart and a great connection with...
There is a lot of rumors and news to digest this morning regarding three time All-Star Roy Oswalt, here is the latest.
Jon Heyman clarifies an earlier report, as he is tweeting that the Dodgers did in fact make an offer to Oswalt, but it came a while ago. The earlier report by Tim Brown made it seem as if the offer was made over the holiday weekend. Heyman also agrees that...
Three-time-All-Star pitcher Roy Oswalt has signed with the Texas Rangers. If he is called up by July 1, he will receive $8 million pro-rated-$4 million in his pocket plus and extra $1 milion in incentives if he makes10 starts.
Oswalt may be ready to join the Rangers by June 20.
Roy Oswalt may have signed with the Texas Rangers, which one would think makes their chances at repeating as American League champions that much better. Red Sox fans aren't so sure. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette asked our Twitter followers if there's any hope for the rest of the league now that Texas has reloaded their rotation with the righty. See what they had to say in...
Roy Oswalt's name is coming up more and more among clubs who are short on pitching depth. A number of teams have been linked to Oswalt, from the favorites (Rangers, Phillies, Red Sox) to the more surprising candidates (Dodgers, Orioles, Brewers). Oswalt has thrown for the three favorites as well as the Dodgers in recent weeks, and we seem to be getting close to a decision. Of...
Free-agent pitcher Roy Oswalt, who sat out the first two months of the season, has signed a minor-league contract with the Texas Rangers, the team announced Tuesday. The deal is pending a physical, which Oswalt will take on Thursday. After that, Oswalt is scheduled to join Triple-A Round Rock this weekend. General manager Jon Daniels said Oswalt would make his first minor league...
The Rangers have agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent pitcher
The Dallas Morning News is reporting that Roy Oswalt has signed with the Texas Rangers. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, it’s a one-year deal worth between $5-6 million, depending on how much time Oswalt spends with the team. Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets that Oswalt told the Rangers he will ready to pitch in the majors in one month.
When he is ready, Oswalt likely...
They just Ridley Scotted from my belly, gushed out after I heard the news: Texas signed Roy Oswalt. "OF COURSE THE F====G RANGERS SIGNED HIM. THEY GET F====G EVERYBODY.” Yes, people… the Rangers are the Yankees. Unable to dominate the NFL, the malevolent, George Bushian state of Texas has chosen to exert its oily blood money in baseball. And we, the Eastern dandy...
The Texas Rangers have agreed to a contract with free agent pitcher Roy Oswalt, reports Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, Oswalt just turned down a deal from the Rangers over the weekend, and the club must have restructured their offer to make it more appealing to Oswalt.
I had the Rangers as a 4:3 favorite to sign Oswalt earlier...
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Roy Oswalt is expected to decide on a team this week. The favorite is still the Texas Rangers but that could change in a hurry pending on a certain health diagnosis.
@JonHeymanCBS: folks think a roy oswalt deal will happen this week … finally. #rangers #orioles #redsox #phillies
The health diagnosis I’m talking about...
Are you honestly shocked?
Let me preface all of this: Howard and Utley haven't played an inning, Worley, Lee, and Halladay have done DL stints, Thome and Nix are watching baseball and not playing it, Rollins and Qualls have stunk, Victorino and Pence have had their negatives, Joe Blanton is slumping, and they've used about 15 relievers (figuratively, I think...