There’s an old saying in baseball that you can never have enough pitching. However, the Texas Rangers are really pushing this concept, as they’ve reportedly added free agent Roy Oswalt. With the Rangers currently leading the AL in ERA (3.27), one might think that the addition of Roy Oswalt won’t have a significant impact. With Nefatli Feliz currently on the disabled list, the Rangers are actually in need of a starter. So the addition of Roy Oswalt couldn’t have come at a better time.
Last season, while pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies, Roy Oswalt went 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA over 139 innings. His days of being an elite pitcher are over, but the Rangers don’t need him to be an ace. If Roy Oswalt can give the Rangers 5-6 innings while allowing 2-3 runs, that’ll be good enough to turn it over to their incredibly effective bullpen.
I’d say that this move helps cements the Rangers status as an elite team in baseball, but that would be redundant given how amazing Texas has played this season. It’s quite a luxury to add a pitcher such as Roy Oswalt this late in the season. And given that he hasn’t pitched in the majors this season, he should be well rested and able to pitch deep into the playoffs.
When Neftali Feliz returns, it’s likely he’ll be shifted to the bullpen. A bullpen, I should add, that currently features Alexi Ogando, Mike Adams, Joe Nathan and Koji Uehara. For those of you not familiar with the Rangers relievers, let’s put it this way – most of those guys would be closing or setting up for other teams. For the Rangers, they’ll be used as early as the 6th inning.
Roy Oswalt is a fantastic addition to the Texas Rangers. The cost of the deal has not been revealed, but I wouldn’t expect it to be much more than $8 million prorated over a full season. And for a pitcher of Roy Oswalt’s talent, that is a tremendous bargain for what was already the most dominant team in the majors.