Starting pitching Roy Oswalt has long been linked to two teams this offseason, the champion St. Louis Cardinals and the team they beat in the World Series last October, the Texas Rangers. Oswalt has been hanging in free agent limbo for months, but today finally brought some concrete news, though it might not be what St. Louis fans want to hear: the pitcher had a face-to-face meeting with the Rangers this afternoon in Arlington according to various reports.
It remains unclear how Oswalt would fit into Texas' plans. The signing of Yu Darvish gave an already stacked Rangers' rotation even more depth, and it seems unlikely that Oswalt would make the rotation unless Texas jettisoned a current starter somewhere else.
Oswalt's option was declined by the Philadelphia Phillies following an effective but injury plagued 2011 campaign. The veteran finished the season with a 9-10 record and a 3.69 ERA. He made 23 starts and pitched 139 innings.
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