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Why the Rangers are backing away from Oswalt

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08:17 AM ET 02.03 | What's left for Roy Oswalt? A baseball source said that the Rangers are not likely to sign [Oswalt], who informed them earlier this week that he doesn't want to pitch in relief. The source said that the Rangers don't want to remove Matt Harrison from the starting rotation to make room for Oswalt, a three-time All-Star with Houston who has ties to team president Nolan Ryan, bench coach Jackie Moore and pitching coach Mike Maddux when they worked in the Astros organization. Oswalt reportedly is seeking a one-year deal for $10 million from the Rangers and St. Louis. The Rangers viewed him as a key piece of depth who could fill in should a starter be injured or need to be skipped for extra rest.

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February 3, 2012  08:44 AM ET

And tomorrow there will be a new story linking his name to the Red Sox again.

February 3, 2012  09:08 AM ET

I'm surprised the Nats went with Jackson and not Oswalt. He would have been a great mentor to Zimmerman and Straus even if for just a year.

February 3, 2012  09:17 AM ET

@MacMucci - Interesting thought. I'm thinking they wanted innings over knowledge, and that's what Jackson gives them. Oswalt is a gamble. And you can buy mentors without them occupying a space on the roster.

February 3, 2012  09:21 AM ET

His suitors are waiting for him to drop to 7 million, a far more realistic sum

February 3, 2012  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

His suitors are waiting for him to drop to 7 million, a far more realistic sum

More than likely.

February 3, 2012  10:00 AM ET

I like Roy a lot and I hope things work out for him somewhere in the capacity that he wants but I think he's going to have to make some changes in his expectations. This point in his career, back issues, I think when you look at recent history teams are a little wary of signing him for that kind of bread.

February 3, 2012  10:04 AM ET

sign him boston and lets end this drama--this guy is a soap opera

February 3, 2012  10:09 AM ET

He should has signed with Detroit!

February 3, 2012  10:27 AM ET

And in other news...Babe Ruth...still dead.

February 3, 2012  11:34 AM ET

would love to see Royals work out something for him. He would be perfect fit and give youngsters another year to develop. Great upside if be persuaded by a package deal.

February 3, 2012  11:34 AM ET

would love to see Royals work out something for him. He would be perfect fit and give youngsters another year to develop. Great upside if be persuaded by a package deal.

February 3, 2012  11:41 AM ET

Why exactly does Oswalt think he deserves $10 mill for one year and is demanding to be a starter? He wasn't very good at all last year, and his career is really going downhill pretty quickly. He's aging. He needs to realize he's not the Roy Oswalt of old and come to terms with it, and eventually accept a reasonable contract figure and be open to at least the POSSIBILITY of pitching in relief.

February 3, 2012  11:47 AM ET

what team would be paying 10 millions for a long reliver and or ocacionally starter???, i mean we know the rangers have the financially flexibility, but why they don't want to give him a starter spot??oh yeah Oswalt tends to get injuried from time to time!!!

February 3, 2012  11:47 AM ET

what team would be paying 10 millions for a long reliver and or ocacionally starter???, i mean we know the rangers have the financially flexibility, but why they don't want to give him a starter spot??oh yeah Oswalt tends to get injuried from time to time!!!

February 3, 2012  11:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

would love to see Royals work out something for him. He would be perfect fit and give youngsters another year to develop. Great upside if be persuaded by a package deal.

the royals are thin in their budget, i wouldn't expect the royals reinforce their current roster!!!

February 3, 2012  01:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

And tomorrow there will be a new story linking his name to the Red Sox again.

red sox are broke, there won't be any more talks about Oswalt and boston!!

February 3, 2012  01:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

sign him boston and lets end this drama--this guy is a soap opera

it would be more easy for boston to sign kazmir than Oswalt, kazmir for one minor league deal!!

February 3, 2012  02:05 PM ET

Any team that offers Oswalt a contract that is not largely incentive based is crazy. There are good reasons Philly had zero interest in bringing him back at any price.

February 3, 2012  02:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Any team that offers Oswalt a contract that is not largely incentive based is crazy. There are good reasons Philly had zero interest in bringing him back at any price.

not going after you in particular because i read this alot.

MLB team would do that if they could, but players just don't take those contracts unless they have to.

 
February 3, 2012  05:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I'm surprised the Nats went with Jackson and not Oswalt. He would have been a great mentor to Zimmerman and Straus even if for just a year.

i guess the nationals would like positive results right away, Oswalt won't give positive results for washington!!

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