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08/28/2012

The Roy Oswalt era enters its final days

Roy+Oswalt+Texas+Rangers+v+Oakland+Athletics+BXpkQWhoraQlNo word when the Texas Rangers will retire Roy Oswalt's jersey this month, or sometime next season. What they should do is ask for a refund.

According to ... well, everyone, the Rangers have put Oswalt on waivers and he cleared. This doesn't mean Oswalt's time with the Rangers is done, but it does mean they would rather not have him. He is 4-2 with a 5.94 ERA in 11 games, eight of which were starts.

They could trade him, but the chances of him being on a postseason roster are about as good as mine.

What began with good intentions and looked to be a great move after Neftali Feliz went down for the season has ended with a giant ERA and clubhouse drama. Roy Oswalt just didn't have it this season, and may never again.

Back on May 30, Oswalt signed a one-year, prorated deal with the Rangers. In his first stat on June 22 against the Rockies, he pitched 6 2/3 and allowed one run and won. He won his next start despite allowing five runs in six innings.

He was moved to the bullpen in early August, which he didn't like, and has been OK to bad since then.

Adding Oswalt was a good idea. It just didn't work.

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Comments

Bob In Arlington

Mac, this was a $5 million dollar decision made on the basis of Nolan Ryan's history with this former fellow Astro.

Why would any team want to pick up his salary from the Rangers or give up draft picks for this aging pitcher?

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