Jul 8, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Roy Oswalt (44) winds up during the fourth inning of the game against the Minnesota Twins at Rangers Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE
T.R. Sullivan has a story up at his blog at the Rangers' website, saying that Roy Oswalt, who has been a disappointment since being signed by the Rangers in June, has cleared waivers and could be traded before the August 31 deadline for fixing rosters for post-season play.
Sullivan says that Oswalt is "not particularly happy" with his current role and wants to start, and given that the Rangers seem not terribly enthused about the idea of starting Oswalt regularly, or using him in the playoff rotation, a trade may seem to be in order.
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The Oswalt Dynamic is a complicated one because of Oswalt's long-term relationship with team president Nolan Ryan. There have been some rumblings out there that Ryan signed Oswalt despite most of the rest of the front office being lukewarm, at best, about adding him, and when Oswalt was signed, it was reported that Ryan handled the negotiations directly. If Oswalt wants out of Texas, and expresses that to Ryan, it wouldn't be out of the question that the Rangers could work to move him to another team.
Oswalt is being paid $5 million this season, and has another $1 million in performance bonuses that he could earn. Given that no team put in a claim on Oswalt, the Rangers would likely have to absorb some of the money due to him if he were traded.