A baseball source said that the Rangers are not likely to sign free-agent right-hander Roy Oswalt, who informed them earlier this week that he doesn't want to pitch in relief.
The source said that the Rangers don't want to remove Matt Harrison from the starting rotation to make room for Oswalt, a three-time All-Star with Houston who has ties to team president Nolan Ryan, bench coach Jackie Moore and pitching coach Mike Maddux when they worked in the Astros organization.
Oswalt reportedly is seeking a one-year deal for $10 million from the Rangers and St. Louis. The Rangers viewed him as a key piece of depth who could fill in should a starter be injured or need to be skipped for extra rest.
Oswalt, agent Bob Garber, Ryan and general manager Jon Daniels met over lunch Monday to get a feel for where each side was.
-- Jeff Wilson