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07:04 AM ET 05.03 | Technically, it was the Colorado Rockies that signed veteran Roy Oswalt, but it was a minor-league deal. In 12 seasons, Oswalt is 163-96 with a 3.28 ERA in the major leagues. He is 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA at Coors Field. The immediate plan is for him to report to extended spring training in Scottsdale. He will be evaluated at each step and could go from there to Double-A Tulsa. There are no guarantees the 35-year-old Oswalt will pitch for the Rockies. He has to show that he can be healthy and effective. The Rockies pursued him last offseason before he signed with the Rangers. He struggled with Texas, losing his rotation spot and finishing 4-3 with a 5.80 ERA.

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May 3, 2013  08:30 AM ET

....given his age and the fact he was amongst the best ...5 years ago...surprised the yanks dint sign him...

May 3, 2013  08:42 AM ET

time to hang 'em up O ...

May 3, 2013  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

....given his age and the fact he was amongst the best ...5 years ago...surprised the yanks dint sign him...

Among the best? Maybe for a 2-3 month stretch. Guy has always been injury prone. So yeah I'll agree perfect Skankee material!

May 3, 2013  10:09 AM ET

He was *among* the best in baseball for a 7-8 year period. Started 30+ games in 9 of his 12 seasons. Not sure where you got a 2-3 month stretch from.

May 3, 2013  10:31 AM ET

oswalt was promised little because his perforance at Texas last year showed that his career is probably over. oswalt should retire and look at maybe being a pitching coach or minor league instructor. Oswalt has had a pretty decent career.

May 3, 2013  11:19 AM ET

The Reds won't miss Oswalt. He owned the Reds With a career 23wins and only 3 losses . 2 of those wins came while he was with Philly .

May 3, 2013  01:54 PM ET

Oswalt was once a Dominant Pitcher (statistically) and once he went to Philly, things started to unravel...

Halladay was once a Dominant Pitcher... He went to Philly... I think it's safe to say things have unraveled.

Just a thought :-)

May 3, 2013  02:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Oswalt was once a Dominant Pitcher (statistically) and once he went to Philly, things started to unravel...Halladay was once a Dominant Pitcher... He went to Philly... I think it's safe to say things have unraveled.Just a thought :-)

Halladay pitched abysmally his first few starts, then he ptiched well and then got shelled by Cleveland............tough to read at this point but I think there's still gas left in the tank. Oswalt, on the other hand, is ready to be put out to pasture..........

May 3, 2013  04:43 PM ET

What a disgrace to a 35 year old pitcher when he has to report to Double A Tulsa and pitch against players twice as young as he is, stay in low budget hotels, and make those long bus rides.

May 3, 2013  05:16 PM ET

Doesn't he have a chronic back problem that has helped facilitate his fade into oblivion?

May 4, 2013  08:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Among the best? Maybe for a 2-3 month stretch. Guy has always been injury prone. So yeah I'll agree perfect Skankee material!

Oswalt was arguably the best pitcher in the National League 2004 thru 2010, a 7 year stretch.

May 4, 2013  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Oswalt was once a Dominant Pitcher (statistically) and once he went to Philly, things started to unravel...Halladay was once a Dominant Pitcher... He went to Philly... I think it's safe to say things have unraveled.Just a thought :-)

Halladay drooped his career ERA by nearly a full run his first two years in Philadelphia averaging 245 innings per season. That is, he was arguably the best pitcher in baseball. Players do get old sometimes and fade away naturally.

May 4, 2013  08:33 AM ET

As for Oswalt, the American League in that ball park at his age was always going to be a disaster. Never understood why Texas or Oswalt made that decision. I hope he does well back in the NL, he's a class act.

 
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