The Texas Rangers and veteran free-agent pitcher Roy Oswalt have agreed to a contract earlier this week worth approximately $6 million ($1 million incentives).
Roy Oswalt Joins the Texas Rangers
Thursday May 31st, 2012
After remaining a free-agent during the off-season and spring training, Oswalt decided to sign with the Rangers after an opening became available due to Neftali Feliz landing on the disabled list.
The 34-year-old right-handed starting pitcher has a 159-93 career win-loss record with a 3.21 ERA and 7.3 strikeouts per nine innings (K/9) in his 11 big-league seasons.
He made 23 starts with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2011, posting a 9-10 record with a 3.69 ERA, but dealt with a back injury most of the season. Prior to joining the Phillies in 2010, Oswalt spent 10 seasons with the Houston Astros.
By signing Oswalt, Texas adds pitching depth to an already talented team in the American League West. The Rangers currently rank first in wins from a starting pitcher (24), fourth in starting pitching ERA (3.99), and fifth in strikeouts from starting pitchers (267). Perhaps the biggest factor for Oswalt joining the Rangers is the run support the lineup is providing for starting pitchers, as the offense is currently providing 5.8 runs of support per game for the starting rotation.
As far as Oswalt preparing to pitch in the big-leagues, the Rangers are expecting him to be ready to join the rotation some time in mid-June. He's currently scheduled to report to Triple-A Round Rock in the next few days and could need four to five starts to build up his arm strength.
From a fantasy standpoint, Oswalt could be valuable for fantasy owners searching for cheap wins in mixed leagues. With the ability to strike out six-to-seven hitters, a low walk total, and plenty of run support, owners shouldn't be afraid to roll the dice on Oswalt moving forward. He's currently owned in less than 40% of Yahoo! fantasy baseball leagues.
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