MLB Rumors: Roy Oswalt Would Bolster Los Angeles Dodgers Staff for Stretch Run

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistAugust 29, 2012

It almost feels like the Los Angeles Dodgers are playing with Monopoly money at this point in the season—and they may not be done with the waiver wires buzzing at full throttle.

According to Los Angeles Times reporter Dylan Hernandez "the Dodgers are looking to add another pitcher before Friday, the deadline by which players must be in an organization to be part of its playoff roster."

As for specifics, Hernandez states that "they have inquired about the Texas Rangers' Roy Oswalt, who is reported to have cleared waivers and can be traded to any team."

Despite his paltry line for the 2012 season, Oswalt would be a solid pickup for the Dodgers' pennant race. His 5.94 ERA in 12 starts with Texas this season is troubling, but, at this point, why not?

Texas would likely give up Oswalt for a ham sandwich. OK not that cheap, but you know what I mean.

A couple of low-level prospects would get the job done. For a team that's already 'all in' on their playoff push, why not add one last piece?

Oswalt's 2012 season is an anomaly compared to the rest of his body of work. In his 12-year career, Oswalt has a 3.27 ERA with a record of 163-95. He's also finished in the top 10 of Cy Young voting six times in his career.

In 11 seasons in the National League, Oswalt's ERA only cleared 4.00 one time (2009). His career NL ERA is 3.21. That should make the Dodgers feel a lot better about his debacle in the Lone Star State.

Oswalt would benefit from leaving Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. It's a bandbox and a hitter's heaven.

The Dodgers could use Oswalt's experience down the stretch. He's only ever thrown in 13 playoff games, but his career postseason ERA is 3.73. He's a competitor, and he wouldn't be a downgrade at this point.

With Chad Billingsley's recent trip to the disabled list, and Josh Beckett's questionable ability at this point, the Dodgers have no reason not to give him a try.

He will cost next to nothing, and the Dodgers have already shown that spending isn't an issue.

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