A Rangers official said there is no truth to the Internet report about the Rangers closing in on a deal for Houston right-hander Roy Oswalt.
The report at msnbc.com said that the two sides have agreed upon the players who would be exchanged, but the Rangers haven't convinced Major League Baseball to let them add the payroll. And it's substantial payroll for Oswalt, who would be owed more than $25 million the next two years. That's a lot of money even for new ownership, not to mention for a team in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
General manager Jon Daniels didn't respond directly to the report, but said, "You can probably figure this one out."
But the Rangers aren't standing pat while a bankruptcy judge considers their ownership fate, with a key hearing scheduled for today in a Fort Worth courthouse. The Rangers have interest in adding a right-handed-hitting corner infielder who would serve as the primary backup to Justin Smoak and Michael Young.
They have spoken to Baltimore about Ty Wigginton and with Florida about Wes Helms, both of whom have time in the National League and have experience as pinch-hitters. Smoak has only five hits this season against left-handed pitchers, so the Wigginton-Helms role could be expanded.
-- Jeff Wilson