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The Rangers will consider signing Roy Oswalt

May 21, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

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On the heels of Neftali Feliz‘s elbow injury, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram this evening that they are considering alternatives for their rotation, including free agent right-hander Roy Oswalt.

“We’ll consider all our options, whatever’s best for the team going forward,” Daniels said. “He [Oswalt] is still out there. He hasn’t faced hitters yet. He’s not an immediate option.”

Scott Feldman will replace Feliz in the starting rotation on Wednesday against the Mariners, but the Rangers will re-evaluate things from there. Alexi Ogando enjoyed success as a starter last season, but he’s not stretched out and the team appears content using him in a late-inning role. At least right now. It’s unlikely the Rangers will turn to one of their top pitching prospects, including right-hander Neil Ramirez and left-hander Martin Perez.

The Rangers were one of three teams who reportedly watched Oswalt throw Friday in Mississippi, along with the Red Sox and Cardinals. Those are the same teams who were mentioned most often in connection with Oswalt over the winter. However, he’s likely about a month away from being major-league ready.

Oswalt, 34, posted a 3.69 ERA and 93/23 K/BB ratio over 23 starts with the Phillies last season while dealing with a back injury. He has never pitched for an American League team.

  1. eap3007 - May 21, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Sunday the local Philly news said the phillies were in talks with Oswalt to sign with the Phillies

  2. xmatt0926x - May 21, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    eap3007, you may be right but I thought it was that they just watched him throw some pitches in a workout. He’d sign with the rangers well before he’d sign with the Phillies. Remember that the report you may be talking about from also mentioned that the Phillies weren’t very happy with his dedication (don’t know a better word to paraphrase it) to the team last year. Also, some members of the team wren’t happy with his extremely quick exit from the team after last years season ending playoff loss. I guess that added to the perception that he just wasn’t really into being there. Overall I think he’s a decent #4 on a real world series contender.

  3. stex52 - May 21, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    He’ll get his pocket change before the year is over. I wish the Cards would reconsider.

    • paperlions - May 22, 2012 at 7:55 AM

      …and who does he replace in the rotation? He isn’t much of an upgrade over the performances they’ve been getting. He’d most likely replace Lynn…even with Wainwright struggling, they’ll leave him out there for a while to see if he can work things out.

      The pitching hasn’t been that bad lately, the defense has been horrible…and when you have a lot of mid-K rate guys, you just can’t keep giving team 4 or 5 outs/inning and expect things to be okay.

  4. miketreedy - May 22, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    The likely hood is good that he will be a Ranger if he’s healthy and the Rangers have the budget. He is close to both Nolan Ryan and pitching coach Maddox. The Rangers would also benefit having an experienced pitcher on the staff to help Rangers core of young pitchers like Holland, Harrison & Darvich.

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