Reports indicate that the Texas Rangers have agreed to terms with 34-year old pitcher Roy Oswalt. Texas did not have room for Oswalt on the roster during the offseason but with an injury to Neftali Feliz a roster spot and need arose. According to reports Oswalt has thrown for Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Texas and the Dodgers in recent weeks and was seeking a prorated salary of $7.5 million. The Rangers jumped on Oswalt following news that the Phillies will be without ace Roy Halladay for a minimum of 6-8 weeks with a strained right lat muscle. Also the threat of a division rivals interest may have sparked the attention of the Texas management as Angels starter Jered Weaver was removed from his start last night in the first inning. Oswalt spent 9 1/2 of his 11 seasons with the Houston Astros prior to being dealt to Philadelphia in July 2010.
The 2-time defending American League champions surely aren’t happy with just being competitive, they are looking to win the World Series. They have been aggressive putting together a championship caliber club and bringing a 3-time all-star into the rotation is a move that can only help.