LA Dodgers Make Offer to Roy Oswalt, Texas Rangers Still in Mix

Michael NargiSenior Analyst IMay 28, 2012

PHILADELPHIA , PA - AUGUST 26:  Roy Oswalt #44 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on August 26, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Dodgers, the best team in baseball, are trying to become even better.

The addition of free-agent pitcher Roy Oswalt would go a long way in their pursuit to win it all this year.

According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, the Dodgers have made an undisclosed offer to Oswalt, while the Texas Rangers remain in the hunt:

The Dodgers have made an offer to Roy Oswalt. Rangers, Oswalt's likely preference, still in mix, among other clubs.

— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) May 29, 2012


The Dodgers recently placed Ted Lilly on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, and Oswalt would be a worthy replacement should Lilly need to miss more time than expected.

Oswalt will be a valuable commodity to whomever he decides to sign with, and he might be enticed by the notion of pitching in the National League, where he has spent his entire 11-year career.

Last season for the Philadelphia Phillies, Oswalt was 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA. Oswalt battled injuries all season, and that is the reason that so many teams are hesitant to give him the check that he is hoping for.

Oswalt has tremendous upside, however, and should be worth the investment for whoever decides to gamble.

Oswalt has shown that he can still help a team out down the stretch, as he did for the Phillies in 2010, when he went 7-1 with a 1.74 ERA in the regular season after being acquired from the Houston Astros.