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Rockies sign Roy Oswalt to minor league contract

May 2, 2013, 6:27 PM EDT

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As first teased by Roy Oswalt on his Twitter account, the Rockies just announced that they have signed the veteran right-hander to a minor league contract.

Oswalt is expected to report to extended spring training and will presumably join a minor league affiliate from there. The 35-year-old right-hander wasn’t in camp with a major league team this spring, so it might take him around a month or so in order to build his workload.

It’s worthwhile pickup for the Rockies, who are off to a surprising 17-11 start and have struggled to attract high-profile pitchers over the years. There wasn’t much interest in Oswalt this winter after he had a disappointing 5.80 ERA in nine starts and eight relief appearances with the Rangers last season, but he still managed a 59/11 K/BB ratio in 59 innings. It’s worth a shot to see if he still has something left.

  1. flamethrower101 - May 2, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Somebody explain this one. Please.

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 2, 2013 at 6:50 PM

      The Rockies have a really bad starting rotation.


      • flamethrower101 - May 2, 2013 at 8:34 PM

        So bad they had to result to Oswalt? Really? They couldn’t have done better?

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 2, 2013 at 8:46 PM

        I don’t see a big deal in kicking Roy’s tires on the cheap, if it doesn’t work it wasn’t like it’s our money going into his bank account. And the Rockies best pitching prospects are either injured or haven’t pitched above High A ball yet.
        I’m not really sure how they “do better” do you mean they should have traded for someone, or is there some other unsigned player out there you are thinking of, because if it’s Pedro I’m totally down with that.

  2. kollin7 - May 2, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    This actually is an okay idea for the Rockies. We all know about Rockies potent lineup and serviceable bullpen. The only thing they need to be legitimate contenders is a good rotation. And hey, who knows? Maybe Oswalt will benefit from playing in the NL again, and be a nice surprise. Also Oswalt was pretty good at not giving up too many home-runs throughout his career, so it’s a nice low-risk high reward move for Rockies, I think.

  3. dondada10 - May 2, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    On twitter, Pouliot asked if Oswalt becomes the most decorated pitcher to ever play for the Rockies.

    He might just be.

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 2, 2013 at 7:03 PM

      Brett Saberhagen ended his career in Colorado, I’d say he trumps Oswalt, Livan, or anyone else to put on a Rockies uniform.

      • tuberippin - May 2, 2013 at 7:47 PM

        Saberhagen didn’t end his career with the Rockies. He pitched another 3-4 seasons with the Red Sox after playing for the Rockies in their inaugural season at Coors Field (and was a little better than league average that year) and missing a year due to injury.

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 2, 2013 at 8:19 PM

        Ah well there ya go, thanks. Still Saberhagen is the most decorated pitcher to put on the uniform.

      • genericcommenter - May 3, 2013 at 1:00 AM

        He’s definitely the most accomplished odd-year pitcher.

  4. 13arod - May 2, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    he still pitches good

    • kiwicricket - May 2, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      You still write bad

      • tuberippin - May 2, 2013 at 7:48 PM


      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 2, 2013 at 8:51 PM


      • kiwicricket - May 2, 2013 at 9:33 PM

        Intentional, but thanks for the lesson.

      • historiophiliac - May 2, 2013 at 10:06 PM

        Subtle usually doesn’t work here, kiwi.

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 2, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      Good vs Well, the battle rages on along side Got vs Have.

      • paperlions - May 3, 2013 at 8:15 AM

        Well, he clearly doesn’t pitch evil, so he must pitch good.

  5. sgtr0c - May 2, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Keep him off his back-hoe, it bothers his back.

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