MLB News – Roy Oswalt Signs with Texas Rangers

Earlier in the week former Phillies’ righthander, Roy Oswalt, signed with the Texas Rangers.

According to the report, the 12-year veteran got a prorated $8 million deal, which would put $4 million in his pocket if he is ready to start by July 1. Oswalt will also have the chance to earn an extra $1 million if he makes 10 starts.

Before sitting out a portion of this season, the 37-year old Oswalt had compiled a 159-93 record with a career 3.21 ERA while playing for Philadelphia and Houston.

It’s not often that a pitcher like Oswalt will hit the market mid-season. He’s getting up there in age but he’s no Jamie Moyer. Pitchers tend to last longer than any other position so even though he may be on the brink of 40 he is still worth the add. I wouldn’t expect a great ERA or a ton of strikeouts but he will be able to get wins with that Rangers lineup.

Here are a few starters that would be worth dropping for Roy Oswalt:

  • Matt Garza
  • Erik Bedard
  • Cliff Lee
  • Ryan Dempster
  • Drew Smyly
  • Matt Latos
  • Bartolo Colon
  • Aaron Harang
  • [and any pitcher adjacent to them]

Oswalt should be ready to go in a few weeks so keep an eye on his progress in the minors and add him when you see fit.

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