New Texas Rangers trade rumors seem to indicate that Roy Oswalt may soon be packing his bags. The veteran starting pitcher just cleared waivers, suggesting that the Rangers are ready to deal him before the end of August. Oswalt seems to have disappointed the team and it may be time to go in a different direction.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports suggests that the Los Angeles Dodgers are a possibility when it comes to an Oswalt trade. That might not be the only team that could use Oswalt, as the Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates could all use a boost to their starting rotations. Staying in Texas, though, nearly guarantees he remains in the bullpen.
Oswalt hasn't exactly blown away the competition this year after signing as a free agent with the Rangers. He has pitched in 11 games (8 starts), going 50 innings and striking out 47 batters. Oswalt has posted a 4-2 ERA, but his 5.94 ERA and 1.56 WHIP has left a lot to be desired. Now Texas appears ready to move on if they can find the right trading partner.
At 76-52 and sitting atop the American League West standings, the Rangers don't need to do much to get back to the postseason. Trading Oswalt for a minor league player would work just fine for them, especially with the depth that their starting rotation has showed recently.
What do you think of these Texas Rangers trade rumors? Could a Roy Oswalt trade really help out another contender? Should the Rangers try to trade him to the National League only?