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Report: Uehara trade could lead to Oswalt signing

Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:27 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2012 9:45 pm
Roy Oswalt

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Rangers' possible trade of reliever Koji Uehara may be enough to give the team enough salary relief to go ahead and sign free-agent right-hander Roy Oswalt, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.


Oswalt had reportedly favored signing with the Rangers, but after shelling out big bucks for Yu Darvish, the Rangers didn't have enough left in their budget for what has been rumored to be his $10-million demand.

However, since Oswalt hasn't found a team that was on his wish list with enough money to meet his demands, he may have lessened those. Uehara is scheduled to make $4 million this season and has reportedly used his limited no-trade clause to nix two trades this offseason.

Wilson writes the Rangers may be looking for a utility infielder in return for Uehara, with the A's preferring to deal Adam Rosales rather than Eric Sogard.

Oswalt, 34, met with the Rangers last month and it is believed he told them he only wanted to start, not come out of the bullpen. He was 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA for the Phillies last season in 23 starts. He was twice put on the disabled list because of lower back problems.

The Rangers have said they wanted to move move Neftali Feliz in the rotation, but he -- or another starter -- could find themselves back in the bullpen if Oswalt signs. The team signed Joe Nathan this winter and he will close if Feliz starts.

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Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2012 11:21 am

Report: Uehara trade could lead to Oswalt signing

I think that Oswalt will eventually sign with the Dodgers. Just waiting for the team sale so they can get the new managing partner's ok. Texas cannot just keep screwing with Ogando and Feliz. They have told Feliz he is going to start and they should keep it that way. Oswalt would be a disaster pitching in Texas anyway. A great pitchers park like Chavez Revine would be perfect for him

Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 18, 2012 9:38 am
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:12 pm

Report: Uehara trade could lead to Oswalt signing

Until he proves me wrong, I don't believe for a second Oswalt has any interest in pitching in the A.L.   I don't believe anything I'm reading about his interest to pitch in Texas and that location means that much to him.  I think he wants to pitch in the N.L, hopefully stay healthy, protect his stats and get one more 2 or 3 year deal to end his career somewhere. This is a guy coming off a mediocre season, his stats for being in the N.L weren't great.  Yeah, he had back injuries but that doesn't mean it won't happen again.  He turned down Boston and Detroit, two contenders in the A.L.  Detroit went as far as having Verlander call him to try and convince him to play in Detroit.  But Detroit and Boston are in the A.L, not good for a veteran coming off a back injury.  Boston is a hitters park in the toughest division in baseball and Detroit is top 5 overall in extra base hits.  He doesn't want any of that....

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 9:46 pm

Report: Uehara trade could lead to Oswalt signing

d'oh, you're right. total brain cramp.



Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:47 pm

Report: Uehara trade could lead to Oswalt signing

Huh?  Ogando?  I thought they gave the closer job to Nathan?

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