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Oswalt spurned 'solid offer' from Tigers

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08:13 AM ET 06.11 | Rather than possibly pitching against them, Roy Oswalt could have been pitching for the Tigers later this month. Now that Oswalt has signed with Texas, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski has given the details on the interest the Tigers had in signing Oswalt as a free agent this past off-season. "We made him a very solid offer," Dombrowski said. "We offered him what we were asked to offer him. ... He just did not want to come to our ballpark." Dombrowski said the Tigers approached Oswalt before Victor Martinez's injury created a big hole in the lineup. "We were picking and choosing what would help us the most at that point," Dombrowski said. "We felt we didn't have a gaping hole."

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June 11, 2012  08:53 AM ET

Judging by the Tigers' record and general disarray at the moment, the Rangers look like the better option.

June 11, 2012  09:20 AM ET

Doesn't matter. The fork is already in this guy.

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June 11, 2012  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Doesn't matter. The fork is already in this guy.

....maybe....or maybe not....looks like roy o wanted to come here from the get go, which is good for the rangers....

June 11, 2012  09:46 AM ET

It would just be to bad if he blows out his shoulder

June 11, 2012  11:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

....maybe....or maybe not....looks like roy o wanted to come here from the get go, which is good for the rangers....

Maybe.

June 11, 2012  01:18 PM ET

Oswalt wants to pick and choose the city he wants to crash in!!!

June 11, 2012  01:45 PM ET

I've said it before and I'll say it again ... Oswalt is NOT the answer to the Rangers pitching woes ...

June 11, 2012  02:16 PM ET

From the get go is was a combination of $$$, chances of winning a ring and proximity to his ranch. Arlington is alot closer to his ranch and they're a darn good team. Would have been a good signing, but the Tigers have other issues like second base. The prodiuction from the position is a .176 average and 15 RBI on the season, terrible.

June 11, 2012  03:08 PM ET

Dan you just don't get it Owwalt lives in Mississippi and wanted to pitch close to his home.

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June 11, 2012  09:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Dan you just don't get it Owwalt lives in Mississippi and wanted to pitch close to his home.

I think he made it clear that he was going to choose either the Rangers or the Cardinals.

June 12, 2012  12:11 PM ET

As a Brewers fan, I have to say I personally enjoy seeing the Tigers struggle right now

 
June 18, 2012  07:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Doesn't matter. The fork is already in this guy.

Well, he went for six innings and threw 100 pitches in his first outing that impressed. His fastball has been hitting 93 MPH on the gun occasionally...

Fister is 1-3 in 7 starts with an ERA of 2.68. Verlander is 6-4, 2.66 ERA, WHIP under 1. After those starters their pitching is horrirble(Scherzer can be great but is erratic)with the worst team in baseball when it comes to double plays, and have a lot of slow players who aren't known for defense. When 16 quality starts come from 2 guys who've started just 21 games combined.

He'd be an upgrade over anyone in your bullpen or 3 of your starters. Why would a pitcher choose to go to the team with the worst defense, one of the league's worst team pitching(and that's with the best pitcher in the game Verlander), and below average speed, power and only 3 good hitters?

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