Roy Oswalt wore out his welcome with the Texas Rangers shortly after he joined the team at the end of June after "signing on with a contender."
Now, he's looking to do the same thing again, as reported by Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors, who said Oswalt is currently working out at Mississippi State University and hoping to catch on with a big-league club soon.
Oswalt worked as a starter for the Rangers last year before struggling and bedgrudgingly moving to the bullpen, where he whined some more and finished the year with a 5.80 ERA in 59 innings of work. Oswalt made no bones of the fact that he wanted to be a starter and was upset with Rangers manager Ron Washington for pulling him out of the rotation. He made 17 appearances on the season — nine of which were starts.
Oswalt is reportedly saying he's open to being a reliever this time around, if it's a good situation. Not sure what could be better than being a reliever for a team that leads its division from wire to wire until the final day of the season, but who knows?
Oswalt is also saying he wants to join the Houston Astros, where he pitched the first 9 1/2 seasons of his career before being dealt to Philadelphia in the middle of the 2010 season. The 35-year-old currently trails Joe Niekro for the franchise leader in wins by one. But the Astros are far from being contenders.
So confusing. The only thing we know is that he won't be in a Rangers uniform again.