The move was both highly telegraphed and anticipated, but the announcement that Roy Oswalt agreed to terms with the Rangers was an emboldening reminder that Texas is the team to beat in 2012.

Even the Onion weighed in during the offseason.

On the more serious side, when asked about the team’s courtship of Oswalt, Ryan humbly spoke of things like the team’s proximity to Oswalt’s home before adding that the Rangers are “in a pennant race”. I think it’s pretty safe to say the potential impact of the signing on the Rangers 2012 outlook was certainly not lost on Oswalt.

Neftali Feliz was destined to make a temporary stop in the bullpen in October. Now, he will help establish what could be one of the all-time great relief corps as soon as he hopefully comes off of the DL this summer. The move will likely mean that Matt Harrison pitches out of relief in the postseason.

The Rangers October bullpen would look like this:

Joe Nathan
Mike Adams
Alexi Ogando
Neftali Feliz
Koji Uehara
Matt Harrison
Robbie Ross
Mark Lowe
Scott Feldman

Of course the disclaimer always exists that the Rangers have to get there first, but yesterday’s move should help solidify their odds of doing so.