The Rangers moved today to fill a hole in their rotation when they reached agreement on a minor-league deal with free-agent right-hander Roy Oswalt.
The Rangers announced the deal during their game against Seattle, with general manager Jon Daniels saying the Rangers are a better team. That assumes that Oswalt passes a physical, which he will take Thursday.
The initial plan is for Oswalt to start Saturday for Triple A Round Rock and make two or three additional starts in the minors before debuting in the Rangers' rotation possibly by the weekend of June 22-24.
The Rangers had grown increasingly confident over the weekend that a deal would be worked out, even though Oswalt balked at the club's initial offer. Oswalt, 34, likely won't be ready until mid- to late-June to take over the rotation vacancy created when Neftali Feliz suffered a sprained right elbow.
Scott Feldman made his second start in Feliz's spot Tuesday and will continue in that role until Oswalt is ready.
"When Neftali got hurt, we were looking at all of our options and thought this was a pretty attractive one," Daniels said. "I don't think you can ever have too much pitching. With his pedigree and what he’s accomplished in the game, we think he's a nice addition to the club."
Daniels said that Feliz's role upon his return from the disabled list, perhaps near the All-Star break, is undetermined. Feliz will see Dr. Keith Meister in three weeks and could begin a throwing program then.
Oswalt is guaranteed $4 million from a prorated contract that includes roster bonuses.
-- Jeff Wilson