Now that Edwin Jackson has signed on with the Washington Nationals, Roy Oswalt remains alone at the top of the best unsigned starting-pitcher free agent. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, one of Oswalt's hoped-for destinations, the Texas Rangers, is probably not going to happen.
"The Rangers … appear to be moving away from the idea of adding free-agent starter Roy Oswalt," the paper reports. A source tells the Express-News that the Rangers have "all but decided against the right-hander." According to the paper, Oswalt told the team he doesn't have any interest in being a reliever and would like a one-year, $10 million deal.
"It's enticing when you have a veteran starter who wants to pitch for you," general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday, the paper reports. "The reality is we have a lot of starting pitchers that all have high upsides, and we want to give them the ball."
Meanwhile, Fox Sports has it that Oswalt's other preferred destination, the St. Louis Cardinals, "have not made Oswalt a financial offer that the pitcher deems anywhere close to sufficient."