Rangers sign Roy Oswalt, will he help?

Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reported that the Rangers had signed starting pitcher Roy Oswalt for an estimated $4.25MM for the rest of the season. It had been reported for months that Oswalt really wanted to play for Texas, as he wanted to stay close to home but also play for a contender, which is undoubtedly why he preferred the Rangers to the Astros.

Oswalt reportedly has told the Rangers he’ll be ready to go in a month, which means the Rangers should get anywhere from 10-15 starts from him if he can remain healthy and effective. Adding a quality pitcher mid-season is almost never a bad idea, and when it involves giving up nothing, as it does in this case, it’s never a bad idea. More importantly, though, can Oswalt still provide value as a starting pitcher? Let’s take a look.

Before getting into any stats, simply put, Oswalt is still a stud. Over the last three seasons, Oswalt’s ERA is 3.47, his K:BB ratio is just under 4:1, and despite battling some injuries he’s still averaged 177 innings a season during that time. Read more here…