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Oswalt a popular add, but should he be?

Updated: May 30, 2012, 2:15 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Perhaps it's just me, but when I look at right-hander Roy Oswalt, who agreed to terms with the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, I don't see a fantasy (or real-life ) savior. I see an experienced starting pitcher who can provide some decent innings, but at 34 and coming off back problems, he's no lock to return to any semblance of his prior greatness. For those of you planning to rush to the free-agent wire in ESPN standard leagues (or who already have), I think some perspective is needed. Let's just say you shouldn't count on Oswalt to effectively replace current injured right-handers Jered Weaver or Roy Halladay.

Oswalt made 23 starts for the Philadelphia Phillies last season, and while they were certainly competent ones, this is no longer a fantasy ace or even a top-40 starting pitcher. It's one thing for Oswalt to be worth a midseason addition for the postseason-bound Rangers, though of all the teams reportedly in the market for him, they probably needed him the least. But in fantasy, is Oswalt even an upgrade on younger right-hander Neftali Feliz? We'll find out in about three weeks after Oswalt has pitched for Triple-A Round Rock a few times and then gets the call by the Rangers.

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