Though his former team from Philadelphia did show interest in keeping Oswalt, it appears the Rangers chose to go with him instead. Whether or not the Phillies intended to make an offer, or if the Rangers simply bought the pitcher out, is unknown.
"The deal, reportedly worth as much as $5 million, could help the Rangers reach the World Series for the third year in a row. The two-time defending American League champions lost to San Francisco in 2010 and St. Louis in 2011.
Several clubs had shown interest in Oswalt, including the Philadelphia Phillies, for whom he went 9-10 last season with a 3.69 earned-run average in 139 innings over 23 starts.
In 11 major league seasons with the Phillies and Houston, Oswalt is 159-93 with a 3.21 earned-run average."