So Roy Oswalt is a Texas Ranger.
I just don’t understand why he waited this long to decide to pitch for them. Next to the Cardinals, the Rangers were the team trying very hard to lure Oswalt in, but instead of making a decision, he chose to not sign with anyone and hold out for the best offer when the middle of the season rolled around. There were several reports that indicated he wouldn’t rule anything out before the All-Star Break in July, but it pretty much looked like we weren’t going to see much of Oswalt till later this year.
I suppose he just couldn’t turn down the offer Texas sent his way.
It’s a good deal for him, a prorated contract worth between $5 to $6 million. He was a standout in Houston, so pitching in the Lone Star State again after time in Philadelphia will work well mentally on the mound.
I just don’t know whether to call him smart or selfish.
Seems like he was smart by waiting for the best price on the business side of the game. Let’s face it, it’s Roy Oswalt, he’s a pretty good pitcher that worked up some popularity and dependability to wait, miss out on Spring Training, miss the first month of the season and hang on for a phone call from his agent who tells him the offers on the table.
The Dodgers and Rangers came calling in recent weeks and they’re the best teams in baseball right now. Anyone who’s the best only wants to get better, and when there’s a guy like Oswalt out there waiting for a deal and a contender to play for, holding out sounds pretty darn smart. Now he’s a member of the Rangers, who could very well make some history this season, and he’s back in Texas — where I know from experience — they appreciate one of their own. They don’t have to be a native when it comes to the sports world (although that helps) but if you chose Texas because that’s where you’re comfortable from a previous time in your career, hence Oswalt and the Astros, a loud applause will greet you in Arlington when you suit up for the two-time defending American League Champs.
But here’s where the selfish part comes in.
Oswalt didn’t have the best year on the mound in 2011. He had trouble with his back and only went 9-10 on the year with a 3.69 ERA. Compared to a year earlier he was 13-13 with a 2.76 ERA. That time was split between Houston and Philadelphia, but that doesn’t matter. Long story short, he didn’t put up the numbers and have the successful season many thought he’d have being in a rotation with Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay.
Needless to say, he’s built a reputation that allows him to pass with his decision to wait and sign, but he’s not coming off a good year to where it was proper to do so.
Whether or not he was smart or selfish will have to wait when the season comes to a close and how his numbers fare.