Roy Oswalt inexplicably is still available as a free agent, which has given the Texas Rangers the opportunity to acquire him and vastly improve their chances of going back to the World Series this season.
Oswalt is rumored to be on the Rangers' radar, which would add him to an already talented group of starting pitchers in Texas.
The team signed Japanese starting pitcher Yu Darvish in January.
Oswalt is still available this late in the offseason—just as pitchers and catchers are reporting for Spring Training. He has said that he would like to play for a contender, as well as be close to his home in Mississippi.
The Rangers fit both needs nicely, more or less.
The rumor was involved with the Oakland Athletics, who are attempting to acquire Rangers' reliever Koji Uehara. That would free up money for Texas, who would likely then turn it around and acquire Oswalt , who he is presumably holding out for.
Oswalt is said to be looking for a one-year/ $10 million deal.
With Oswalt the Rangers are immediate World Series favorites, based on their back-to-back appearances, talented line-up and maturing pitching rotation.
Oswalt gives the Rangers stability on the front end of the rotation with Matt Harrison or Neftali Feliz sent to the bullpen. Although the Rangers have said that Feliz will be a starter this season.
The team already has solid players at nearly every position and has kept the team intact, for the most part, this offseason, assuming Josh Hamilton's problems do not increase and it does not roll over into his production on the field.
The last few years, the Rangers have been the dark horse, rather than being acknowledged as one of the best teams in the MLB.
They have had to play the underdog role in each of their last two World Series appearances and faltered both times. Adding Darvish and possibly Oswalt to a rotation that seemed to be weary in the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals only bolsters their chances of "three-peating" as American League Champions.
Of course, winning the AL West over Albert Pujols and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is first on their list, and Oswalt would help them accomplish that fairly easy.
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