Roy Oswalt remained part of the chaos that is MLB free agency as of Monday morning, with the Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox involved in the pursuit of the right-handed hurler, according to Jim Duquette of Sirius XM and MLB.com.
Duquette noted in a separate tweet: "Forgot #Rangers also still in Oswalt mix."
It's not hard to see how Duquette forgot Texas in his initial list. They already have five starting pitchers, plus at least one reliever (Alexi Ogando) who could easily take on that role. From the sound of it, St. Louis seems to be the favorite in the Oswalt sweepstakes.
That makes sense, in a way. The Cardinals are likely to need some added depth in 2012. Meanwhile, though, the Rangers have as many question marks as they have exclamation points in their starting rotation. Both teams need Oswalt, more perhaps than even they know, and they should each bid aggressively for his services.
Here are five reasons each defending league champion should push hard.