Roy Oswalt has been a bust for Texas, posting a 5.94 ERA in 50 innings while being demoted to the bullpen, which isn’t exactly what the Rangers had in mind when they signed him for $5 million in May.
He’s still owed about $1 million of that money and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Oswalt recently passed through waivers without being claimed by any of the other 29 teams.
That means the Rangers are now free to trade him to any team, and with yesterday’s reports about the Dodgers looking to add some veteran rotation help Oswalt might be a fit back in the National League.
For as ugly as the 5.94 ERA looks, Oswalt does have a strong 47/10 K/BB ratio in 50 innings and his average fastball velocity of 91.4 miles per hour is identical to what it was in 2011.
The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.
In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.
The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.