Rangers Still In The Race For Oswalt

NEW YORK (CBS SPORTS) – As if Roy Oswalt’s first foray into free agency this year wasn’t interesting enough, his second go-round may be topping it.

Oswalt was said to hoping to be back on a major-league mound by June 15, but for now there still seems to be more intrigue than substance. And that June 15 target date seems optimistic now.

The Rangers, one of his preferred teams, definitely are in the Oswalt derby. So are the Orioles, a surprise team this year. The Red Sox are interested, and the Phillies may be, too (and you have to wonder whether Roy Halladay’s shoulder concern enhances any interest there). Then there are the rumors. There was one whisper Oswalt, 34, worked out for the Dodgers recently. But sources familiar with their situation insisted that the Dodgers’ interest came “awhile back” and that there was no evidence of any renewed contact by the Dodgers.

Texas probably remains the most logical team for Oswalt (9-10 with a 3.69 ERA last year), but while they would like to sign him now it seems clear there must be a difference in dollars. While the scouts who have seen him suggest he can help a team, word is that the asking price isn’t insignificant.

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