If Roy Oswalt is indeed on the move this year, the Texas Rangers are hoping he may not move far. According to multiple news sources, the Rangers are interested in acquiring the Astros ace.
Oswalt, who has spent his entire 10 year career, with the Astros, recently asked management for a trade. And Rangers president Nolan Ryan is keeping a close eye on the situation.
"You know, we definitely are looking to improve our ballclub, and when you have an opportunity, or might have an opportunity, to acquire someone like that, you have to look at it and evaluate it and see if that’s a possibility and see if it’s doable," Ryan said.
The Rangers, however, are unlikely to be able to make a deal for Oswalt at the moment. The team’s ownership situation is in flux, and it will be difficult for the team to take on additional salary. With the Astros likely unwilling to pay part of Oswalt’s contract, the league would have to approve the additional spending, which is also unlikely. There is a chance, however, that the Rangers’ ownership issues could be solved before the July 31 trade deadline.