Rangers To Sign Roy Oswalt

The Rangers have agreed to sign Roy Oswalt, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. The right-hander will earn a guaranteed $5MM salary plus $1MM in incentives, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports (on Twitter). The Rangers required ownership approval to sign Oswalt, a Bob Garber client.

Roy Oswalt - Phillies (PW)

The Rangers stayed in contact with Oswalt this past offseason, but didn't have an opening in their rotation at the time and none of his other suitors locked him up. Once Neftali Feliz hit the disabled list, an opening emerged in the rotation and GM Jon Daniels struck. Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan and pitching coach Mike Maddux appear to have helped convince Oswalt to pitch in Texas.

Oswalt made 23 starts and completed 139 innings for the Phillies last year, posting a 3.69 ERA with 6.0 K/9, 2.1 BB/9 and a 45.1% ground ball rate. However, the 34-year-old's average fastball velocity dropped to 91.4 mph, and he had two back-related stints on the disabled list.

If the Rangers have five healthy starters when Feliz returns from the disabled list, they could use him out of the bullpen and rely on a rotation of Oswalt, Yu Darvish, Colby Lewis, Derek Holland and Matt Harrison.

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  1. TophersReds 3 years ago

    Well, I guess it was only a matter of time until we saw this. 

    • Infield Fly 3 years ago

      Yeah, I’ll say it was:
         * Step 1: Pitch
         * Step 2:  Jump back on tractor
         * Repeat as needed until happiness has been achieved

  2. Wow !

  3. BrickTops 3 years ago

    Wow ok then.  Shake and Bake, that just happened

  4. Brandon Smith 3 years ago

    Looks like Feliz will be hitting the ‘pen when he’s back from the DL

  5. BrickTops 3 years ago

    That or Feldman 

    • Brandon Smith 3 years ago

       Both will be in the ‘pen.  Feldman will stay in until Oswalt is ready to pitch, then go to the bullpen.  When Feliz is off of the DL, he will be either in the bullpen (which is what I expect) or AAA as a starter.  It sucks for Feliz, but it is probably best for the team.

      • Rangersfan32 3 years ago

        Feldman and Feliz will go to the pen, Yoshi to AAA

        • oz10 3 years ago

          So how do you add 2 (Feliz and Oswalt) and subtract one? Somebody else has to go down.

    • oz10 3 years ago

      both will go back into the pen. As soon as Oswalt is ready, Feldman is back to the pen.

  6. The rich get richer. I would love to see the Rangers finally take it down this year. Nice job Texas. 

    • That’s what i’m saying. For a team that was one-strike away from a Championship i sure hope they get it this year finally.

  7. oh well, dodgers will find someone.

  8. carlos 3 years ago

    Angels winning some games, Rangers not messing around. He really would have been a better fit with dodgers, but if somebody doesnt want to be here the hell with him

    • Rangersfan32 3 years ago

      The Angels winning a few games has no effect on this. Either way, Texas is still up on the Angels by a pretty comfortable margin at the moment.

      • Angels played the Mariners and just added 4 wins… I don’t think Texas is worried.

    • He wanted to be closer to home. Same reason why we always knew CJ would take the first plane to Anaheim.

  9. D.j. Wilson 3 years ago

    Adding him in my fantasy league right now

    • BrickTops 3 years ago

      He wont contribute before late June

      • MadmanTX 3 years ago

        Possibly by mid-June depending on his conditioning.

      • D.j. Wilson 3 years ago

        It’s a 16 team league…isn’t is safer to get him now and guarantee he’s on my team?

        • I’m in a 20 team league, and I did the same thing as soon as MLBTR announced he could be signed within a week. Going to the Rangers, and so soon, is icing on the cake.

  10. MadmanTX 3 years ago

    Welcome to the Rangers, Roy O.

  11. nats2012 3 years ago

    Wow, really glad he didnt go anywhere in the NL East but I love watching this guy pitch, he is a bulldog.

  12. northsfbay 3 years ago

    Oswalt wanted to play close to home and for a contender. Just besause the Dodgers have new Owners, doesn’t every good player wants to play for them.

  13. oz10 3 years ago

    I have to say I am 50/50 on this as I think that is what his health is. I do like the leadership aspect though as I think the young guys could use somebody again who has been an established ace and how they go about their business. A post season rotation of Colby, Yu, and Roy could be awesome assuming Colby is his normal shutdown October self, Yu continues what he is doing and Roy is healthy. Holland and Harrison for that 4th spot in the 7 game series or to come save the bullpen if somebody falters early. Feliz, Adams, Uehara, Ogando as set up men with Nathan closing as he has been. Ok, getting ahead of myself but that is nasty.  

  14. man, texas is already a nasty team to deal with.  now they just got better.  hard to see them coming up short this year. 

  15. WooHoo! That puts me @ 14 correct on the Contest leader board!

  16. ChrisV 3 years ago

    around probably $4 mill for a veteran guy that still has good baseball left in him. He is only 34. There is a few years left. Oswalt has been to the WS and lost. He knows Ryan and Maddox well and vice versa. The Rangers are cautious when it comes to injuries, and wouldn’t have signed Oswalt if he wasn’t healthy. Not to mention, there are many teams in contention so the availability of a good starter will be low. Plus, Oswalt cost no prospects. This is a low risk, high reward sign. If it doesn’t pan out the Rangers lose some cash, if it does pan out the Rangers will look like geniuses having  greatly improved the rotation giving up no prospects.

    • Even if they had to pay the entire $6 million, I guess I look at it like this, when you’re spending $120 million already, if you think adding a pretty solid arm, one with a heck of a lot of success on his track record, is enough to put you over the top for the World Series championship, you just do it. No regrets. If you’re concerned about payroll, drop some money off the rolls next season to make it up. For this little amount of money, you have to do whatever it takes to go for it. The Rangers have made it twice to come up just a hair short now and for them this is going for it. You have to make moves like this when you can. I also don’t doubt Oswalt’s price was much lower for Texas than what he was quoting Boston so they likely got a discount.

      All said and done, great move by Texas. If he doesn’t pan out, he’s not going to cripple the payroll. If he does, it was a genius move. Even if you don’t win one for a couple years afterward you just go for it when you get the chance. Good GMs on winning clubs eat a little extra payroll when they need to if they think it will put them over the top. So as a Red Sox fan who wanted Oswalt, I congratulate Texas fans on a nice acquisition.

  17. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    Its a great time to be a ranger fan. Oswalts a 5th starter, Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli bat 7-8th and Alexi Ogandu and Uehara are set up men.

    can you say depth?

  18. GeronimoJansen 3 years ago

    Least surprising story of the decade.

  19. Good thing the cards didnt get him we’re already going to have trouble when Carpenter gets back.

    • vtadave 3 years ago

      No trouble at all if you’ve seen Westbrook pitch recently.

  20. Running Scared 3 years ago

    In the end I m just glad he made a good solid decision based on family …..and the fact that the Rangers are running away with it didnt hurt I guess. Carpetbagging at its finest. Wouldnt expect anything less from a guy like that.

  21. Shane_McMahon 3 years ago

    The best just got better.  Big Oriole fan here, so things just got really tough; however, living in Houston I was always a big Astros fan too.  Rangers just picked up a tough competitor and good clubhouse guy.

  22. Encarnacion's Parrot 3 years ago

    They should just mail the Rangers the Commissioner’s trophy and send the other 29 teams a letter saying “better luck next year.”

  23. burnboll 3 years ago

    It’s not a bargain obviously, but the deal is good value, if Oswalt can stay healthy. The warm weather should help his back issues, as should the prolonged off season.

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see Oswalts velocity come back up a few mph’s either, could touch 94-95 IMO. I think he’s gonna be great, if used limited.

    The Rangers pitching staff is loaded.

    Y’all think Feliz will return to the role as closer when he comes back from injury or will he go into the rotation? That’s one interesting decision for Maddux and Ryan.

    • oz10 3 years ago

      Not with the way Nathan is pitching. Best bullpen in the majors by far with Feliz, Adams, Uehara, Ogando, Ross, Tateyama/Feldman and Nathan. Just sick and we have plenty in the minors in reserve.

      • PushDown 3 years ago

        That’s just straight up frightening. How in the world did Jon Daniels put that together and still have a solid farm?!

        • It blows our minds too. I’ve been contemplating getting a Jon Daniels jersey for a while now.

    • Brandon Smith 3 years ago

       I wonder if they’ll send Feliz to AAA to stay stretched out as a starter…

  24. PushDown 3 years ago

    This is why I respect the way the Rangers are run despite how much I despise them on the field. They make all the right moves, and always seem to have several promising minor leaguers. Oswalt at that price is very safe, and he will probably, much to my chagrin, be well worth it. A front office that is perpetually looking for ways to improve an already elite team, I wish my team had that too.

    • RANGER2004 3 years ago

      I respect you for praising our organization even tho as a rangers fan, we have our rivalry but you guys have a good team and will definitely be on the run. Albert and wilson have already improved your team and Dipoto will definitely make a great GM. You guys have good ownership to back it up, so long as he dosent play GM. 

    • RANGER2004 3 years ago

      I respect you for praising our organization even tho as a rangers fan, we have our rivalry but you guys have a good team and will definitely be on the run. Albert and wilson have already improved your team and Dipoto will definitely make a great GM. You guys have good ownership to back it up, so long as he dosent play GM. 

    • Your team went out and signed the two best FA on the market. They got Ernesto Frieri for marbles. Why would you say they do not look to improve? There isn’t anything else they can do. The players have to play.

      • PushDown 3 years ago

        Completely agree. And I absolutely love the way Dipoto is running things so I was mainly criticizing the Reagins administration. I still stand firm on player scouting though, the Angels without Mike Trout have produced few standout prospects like the Rangers have. Hopefully that too changes with the new scouting director we brought in. 

  25. Pecos_Drifter 3 years ago

    Man I can remember when signing Steve Howe was the big thing, I like the move the Rangers have made for the most part, I watched a lot of bad Ranger baseball over the years and making sure to enjoy all this……

  26. JR_Tolls1 3 years ago

    Now that the final ranked player has signed, The free agent contest is officially over, congrats to the winners.

  27. coolstorybro222 3 years ago

    Massive gut punch to the phillies

  28. He was just spotted riding his tractor down I-20, heading toward Arlington.

  29. Phillies should go after Jason Vargas ha.

  30. anthony88 3 years ago

    Why couldn’t the Orioles sign him? honestly he’d be a great fit.. at least making the play offs run exciting! 

    • Chances are that he didn’t want to go to Baltimore. He made it pretty clear that Texas and St. Louis were his only two options.

  31. Funny how all of are talking so highly of the Rangers.. The team that got to the WS twice and choked to worse teams than them…

  32. nm344 3 years ago

    I’m glad we didnt sign him. 

  33. MaineSox 3 years ago

    Well, he was reportedly looking for a pro-rated portion of $5-7.5M, which would roughly put him somewhere between $2.5-$4M.

  34. nm344 3 years ago

    If he only wanted 5-7 for a full-season, he’d have gotten it. 

  35. MaineSox 3 years ago

    That’s not what I said though.  He wants a pro-rated portion of $5-7.5M for the rest of the year; that has nothing to do with how much he wanted in the offseason.  Part of why he didn’t sign at the beginning of the year was because he wanted to be close to home while his kids were in school, so he only wanted to sign with certain teams and those certain teams didn’t want/need him, and he would have wanted more to take the time away from his family.  Now he wants to pitch to rebuild value so he can get a decent deal in the offseason, and teams have to take a chance that he can get into shape to help after not having thrown for nearly a year, so he’s not going to be able to get as much and he knows it.

  36. MaineSox 3 years ago

    I wonder if the Rangers pushed the time table up after hearing about Halladay’s injury and Weaver maybe missing time, so I’m not sure that the Phillies really had time to try to land him after learning about Halladay.  It’s also been suggested that he had different prices for different teams, so it’s not necessarily true that the Phillies could have signed him for that (he supposedly preferred the Rangers, so they likely were able to get him cheaper than what the Phillies would have had to pay).

  37. MaineSox 3 years ago

    Not to hijack this thread, but I wonder if the Phillies should sell off some of their valuable assets instead of adding players at this point (assuming Halladay is really out 6-8 weeks – I also wonder if Pedroia potentially missing a month is the final straw that puts the Red Sox in that position too).

  38. yankees 2012 payroll: $198 million…rangers 2012 payroll: $120.5 million….no. just no.

  39. oz10 3 years ago

    Who did we buy other than Yu? Adrian Beltre 2 years ago? But other than that, the Rangers have stayed away from the big free agents. I will hardly call spending a prorated 7.5 mil buying a championship.


  40. I do have to admit it is humorous to watch Yankees fans desperately cling to any hope that any other team making an acquisition will eventually be seen as equal to them buying an all star team and having a payroll nearly $80-100 million more than most other MLB teams for the past decade.

  41. baschkar 3 years ago

    As a huge Rangers fan, I don’t have a problem with the yankee’s so-called “buying a championship” philosophy. If Texas decided to have $198mil payroll and stumble upon 27 championships, I don’t think there is a Rangers fan in the world that would complain. Plus is there anything wrong for wanting (& getting) the top free agents? There’s nothing stopping every owner in baseball from locking up their stars and keeping them away from the Yankees, some teams are just cheaper than others.

  42. melonis_rex 3 years ago

    they don’t even have the biggest payroll in the division, so no. 

  43. Adding Oswalt for $5M equates to buying a championship? lol

  44. johnsilver 3 years ago

    We think alike.. Been on that thought for almost a month with Salty and dire need of catching around the game and Salty ripping the cover off of the ball the last couple of weeks, plus Boston with a replacement already at AAA doesn’t hurt any.

  45. Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

    I don’t think so… Victorino maybe, I see him as a budget cut (especially since Domonic Brown’s been playing some CF recently). I don’t think they can trade Cole at this point considering he’s a top 3 cy young candidate in the NL right now and they’ve got the money to sign him.

    They’d have to go into a complete tailspin, and no disrespect to Roy Halladay but it’s not like we were winning the games he started anyway (mainly because of the offense).

  46. oz10 3 years ago

    because the Yankees are spending 64% more than the Rangers and are mostly homegrown talent or shrewd trades.

  47. BradyAndersonsSideburns 3 years ago

     It’s only a difference of $75,000,000…that’s not much!

  48. craigatbat 3 years ago

    Plus Yu was a replacement for CJ.  If Texas had reatained CJ would that have counted as buying?  Texas replaced a 32 year old pitcher for a younger guy with more years left.  Although unproven still sound business move.  So Beltre was the only true high priced FA aquisition over the past 3 years.  All other players came from farm or trades.  Of course trades were made possible because of rich farm.  Is that buying?  If we are to define “Buying” as multiple high priced FA….Then No.  The Rangers are comprised mainly from superior scouting and timely trades

  49. MaineSox 3 years ago

    I’m not certain that it puts them in that mode or not; they can still call up Iglesias and move Aviles to 2B.  Obviously the offense would take a hit, but they have still been one of the top offenses in the game even with other guys out, so is this the hit that finally does them in?  I don’t know.  And even if he does miss a month they will be getting Ellsbury, Crawford, Pedroia, Bailey, Matsuzaka, and possibly Kalish back all in about a month from now, so do they try to just keep their heads above water until those guys come back?  There are a lot of variables they have to think about, so it’s tough to say whether they will (or even should) start selling guys off.  But I think Pedroia missing a month would have to be the point where you have to start wondering about it.

  50. oz10 3 years ago

    the term buying has always referred to the Yankees high spending on FA’s so I don’t consider the trades as buying. The don’t get ridiculed for their trades, actually praised a lot for them.

  51. Paul Shailor 3 years ago

     By that reasoning, anyone who ever pays for a player is buying a championship. You are taking the whole “buying a championship” thing much to literal.

  52. johnsilver 3 years ago

     Agreed with Iglesias being the obvious choice to take over at 2b and brings to question if they even will/would let him if Pedey’s hand is going to require and extended period to heal.. If they choose to allow the cannot hit Punto to play regularly, the season is going to be in some trouble anyway.. Regardless of who comes back.

  53. oz10 3 years ago

    A. Nobody has ever done that so it is moot (mainly because the Yanks get anybody worth 20 mil signed first!! j/k).

    B. The term buying of championship was made popular with the Yanks making it a habit for many years of going after the top tier free agents and throwing more money than anybody else could afford and therefore were dubbed as buying a championship. As everybody else’s payrolls have started to come up closer to the level of the Yanks, you don’t hear it as much. And you can consider the Rangers the first to try with signing A-rod to that 250 mil deal if that makes you feel better.

  54. oz10 3 years ago

    yes you are.

  55. oz10 3 years ago

    it was one guy and he was not the top of the class! The yanks would spend to get the top 2 or 3 in every FA class every year. It was one signing.

  56. oz10 3 years ago

    And I also thinking that spending 12 million on a setup guy is trying to buy one. Unfortuantely, you now need him to close but that was not the plan.  

  57. oz10 3 years ago

    Read everything I have written and I have talked in past tense. .

  58. bamf9 3 years ago

    Martin was signed as a free agent after being non-tendered.

  59. WrigleyTerror37 3 years ago

     Andy Pettie was a FA signing this year

  60. nm344 3 years ago

    Looks like its 5-6 million but not prorated.  So he’s getting like 8 million in prorated money

  61. PA35, I’m completely amazed at how I always see this team completely different than you do.  Cringe at the thought of DB in CF.  More like DH in the AL will end up being his position, and they should deal him for whatever they can get.  Whether or not they have the money for Cole, they need to be spending it fixing their lineup.  I don’t think they should trade him though unless they come to the conclusion they can’t get one of the wild card spots.  And that’s a long way off.

  62. Who cares if a player is home grown or not.  Give me the better player.  I don’t care if he came up in my system, arrived by trade, or signed as a free agent.

  63. Couldn’t have said it better, Yes!

  64. Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

    I think they need to build around Cole for the long term. Halladay has two years left (one guaranteed, his 2014 option won’t vest if he doesn’t hit 225 innings) and Lee has four.

    Center Field, if you have the speed, is actually the easiest outfield position to play. Really, at this point, he needs to start hitting for power.

    Even if you needed to spend the money on offense, like I was saying the other day I don’t really like anybody on the free agent market that’s worth letting the 2nd best left hander in the game walk. With the money coming off of Chase Utley, Roy Halladay, Joe Blanton, among others over the next 2-3 years, you can use that towards signing a bat.

    I’d actually trade next season completely if it meant the Phillies locked up Cole long term and sacrificed the offense.

  65. MaineSox 3 years ago

    The thing is though, they might actually be better off trading those guys for close-to-major-league-ready prospects instead of resigning them/keeping them (especially if you’re talking about punting next year anyway in order to keep Hamels – it’s not like Hamels is 25; he’ll be 29 nest year, and 30 when they try to compete again in your scenario – not old, but not a guy you “build around”).  Hamels might be one of the few true #1 pitchers in the game, but if they could trade some of their guys with value they could be better off overall assuming they got good value for them.

    If they think they are in it obviously they should go for it, but if they are out of it I think I would sell of what I could (I’d probably say the same for Boston too); it would probably be for the best in the long run.

  66. jigokusabre 3 years ago

    I’m not going to tell anyone how to be a fan. If you’re fine with it, fine…

    The previous poster asked what constitutes “buying championships” and I answered his question.

  67. Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

    I’d love to blow the team up (Chase Utley, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Ryan Howard, Victorino, Pence, Rollins, etc) but I don’t think we’re going to get anything of value for any of them (save Doc, Lee, and Pence).

    Roy Halladay was talking the other day about how he wants to retire in Philly. He MIGHT waive his no trade. Same with Cliff Lee who shunned longer deals to come to Philly.

    Really, the only chips I see are Victorino, Hamels, and Pence. Victorino is probably going to yield a B prospect or two as a rental (which is good, don’t get me wrong), Hamels could get an A or an A- + B+ prospect, and Pence isn’t going to yield what we gave up.

    The reason I would build around Cole is, while I believe he COULD net an A+ prospect centered package, the history of those prospects panning out aren’t good (Cliff Lee, CC Sabathia, Johan Santana, almost all those prospects are busts). With the way young arms are getting locked up now adays, I expect the Kershaws, Prices, etc of the World to get locked up. I think it’s impertive to keep Cole Hamels, especially since he just entered his physical prime.

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