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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97 Comments on "Rangers To Sign Roy Oswalt"


TophersReds
3 years 3 months ago

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

Infield Fly
3 years 3 months ago

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

3 years 3 months ago

Wow !

BrickTops
3 years 3 months ago

Wow ok then.  Shake and Bake, that just happened

Brandon Smith
3 years 3 months ago

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

BrickTops
3 years 3 months ago

That or Feldman 

Brandon Smith
3 years 3 months 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 3 months ago

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

oz10
3 years 3 months ago

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

oz10
3 years 3 months ago

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

3 years 3 months ago

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

3 years 3 months ago

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.

3 years 3 months ago

oh well, dodgers will find someone.

CAD_Monkey
3 years 3 months ago

 Eovaldi

carlos
3 years 3 months 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 3 months 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.

3 years 3 months ago

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

3 years 3 months ago

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

D.j. Wilson
3 years 3 months ago

Adding him in my fantasy league right now

BrickTops
3 years 3 months ago

He wont contribute before late June

MadmanTX
3 years 3 months ago

Possibly by mid-June depending on his conditioning.

D.j. Wilson
3 years 3 months ago

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

3 years 3 months ago

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.

D.j. Wilson
3 years 3 months ago

Completely agree Moo

MadmanTX
3 years 3 months ago

Welcome to the Rangers, Roy O.

nats2012
3 years 3 months ago

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

northsfbay
3 years 3 months 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.

oz10
3 years 3 months 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.  

elscorcho the marlin
3 years 3 months ago

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

3 years 3 months ago

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

ChrisV
3 years 3 months 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.

3 years 3 months ago

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.

Lunchbox45
3 years 3 months 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?

oz10
3 years 3 months ago

depth

Paul Shailor
3 years 3 months ago

 Can you say choke?

oz10
3 years 3 months ago

choke

melonis_rex
3 years 3 months ago

not in that weak division they ain’t. 

(and i’m not a ranger fan). 

GeronimoJansen
3 years 3 months ago

Least surprising story of the decade.

3 years 3 months ago

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

vtadave
3 years 3 months ago

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

Running Scared
3 years 3 months 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.