When it was announced that Neftali Feliz had a strained ligament in his throwing arm, an injury that could keep him out until after the All-Star break, many fans and media types couldn’t help but recall that Roy Oswalt is still out there, still without a team. Indeed, it would seem that Oswalt would be a nice insurance policy for the Rangers’ staff, if both parties happened to be interested.
In 23 starts last year with the Phillies, Oswalt went 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP, 93 strikeouts and just 33 walks--win-loss record notwithstanding, not too shabby.
But the question of whether Texas would seriously consider pursuing Oswalt remains, and as such, the question was recently put to Rangers’ manager Ron Washington on ESPN Radio 103.3 FM’s Ben & Skin Show. So, assuming Oswalt is healthy and looking strong, would Wash be interested?
"If you put it like that, I would say yes, but I think (general manager) Jon Daniels and them will decide," Washington said, per ESPN Dallas. "Oswalt has to want to come to Texas and we have to get him ready. The guy is a quality pitcher. But I'm more than certain there are other teams trying to do the same things. When you put it the way you put it and I had to give you a yes or no, I'd say yes."