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Oswalt market heating up

Posted on: July 25, 2010 9:02 pm
Roy Oswalt The Boston Globe 's Nick Cafardo spoke to Astros president Tal Smith, who said that Roy Oswalt's market is with three-to-four teams, and talks should especially heat up Monday.

You can bet they will now that Dan Haren is officially off the market and an Angel.

Two teams that are in on Oswalt are clear: the Cardinals and Phillies.

St. Louis would certalnly love to add Oswalt to their already-dangerous rotation, as the backend has left much to be desired. That tends to happen when Jeff Suppan occupies a rotation spot. The Cards reportedly dangled shortstop Brendan Ryan among others to Houston who was not interested. That's fortunate, as it would make no sense for Houston to deal Oswalt for anything other than top young players. The team reportedly wants them major-league ready.

Oswalt would waive his 2012 club option of $16 million being picked up if he headed to St. Louis as he owns hunting property in Illinois. He reportedly won't do this for Philadelphia, as he agreed to make the 2012 year an option as long as he received a no-trade clause. Philadelphia desperately needs Oswalt and is dangling Jayson Werth in a companion trade to get additional prospects to try to facilitate a trade, but both trade fronts haven't borne the fruit desired.

Cafardo names Minnesota as needing "Oswalt probably more than any team." Carl Pavano and Francisco Liriano are very good while Scott Bakers is deceptively having a solid season, but still is not strong. Nick Blackburn was just bumped from the rotation by reliever Brian Duensing and Kevin Slowey has regressed as well. Oswalt would immediately shore up the rotation, but is Houston interested in Minnesota's major trade piece of Wilson Ramos? The 'Stros are high on internal catcher Jason Castro, so there may not be a fit there. Indeed, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports chimes in and says the Twins have not engaged Houston in talks yet.

The Astros have talked to the Dodgers who have plenty of money woes due to the pending divorce of its owners, but have just $61.4 million commited to its big-league roster, according to Cot's Contracts. If the Dodgers can find a way to fit Oswalt into the budget for 2010, they may not have difficulty incorporating him into 2011's payroll (and even 2012's). Rosenthal says the Astros would prefer either Matt Kemp or James Loney, which L.A. will not even consider.

Not considering the immensely talented Kemp is understandable, but not Loney? Loney is not a gifted fielder and while he can hit for contact, is not a thumper in the lineup. At a position such as first base, his production is easily replaced. The Dodgers definitely shouldn't let Loney stand in the way of a deal, even if they have to go with a cheap piece for the remainder of the year although potential fits could be players such as Luke Scott, who would not require an arm and a leg in a trade.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:05 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:03 pm

Oswalt market heating up

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Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: July 26, 2010 6:20 pm

Oswalt market heating up

"For those of us who actually watch Dodger games and know the players' abilities, it is quite clear that Loney is a Gold Glove caliber First Baseman. In fact, he is probably the best defensive First Baseman in the NL." you. are. smoking. crack. Derek Lee, A-Gon, Ike Davis and Albert Pujols are light years ahead of him. Light Years. Loney's UZR is -5.7 while those guys are all in the 6-8 range. Nice try homer.

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2010 2:27 pm

Oswalt market heating up

The Phillies, through 45 home games this year have averaged 45,032 attendees per game.
The Cardinals, through 50 homes games this season have averaged 40,165 per game.

The population of Philadelphia is estimated to be over 1.54 million, while the population of the Greater Philadelphia Metropolitan area is estimated to be about 5.8 million people.

The population of St. Louis is 354,361, while the population of the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan area is approximately 2.9 million people.

Congratulations on averaging approximately 5,000 more fans per game in a city that's approximately twice the size. Philly fans aren't passionate; they're apes. Certainly, I'm making a broad generalization here, but it's the loud, obnoxious ones you hear the most about. While I've never been to a Phillies game, I know that there are respectful, decent people who root for the Phillies, but there is also a reason why you hear about the plethora of awful things that Philly fans have done. You have to take the good with the bad.

What reason would Oswalt have to prefer Philadelphia? The Phillies are 5 games back of the Braves, and they play in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league. Also, having played in the NL Central for as long as Oswalt has, there is an added familiarity that playing for the Cardinals would provide him. Add on top of that the fact that Phillies fans are universally accepted (by all people outside of Philadelphia) as the worst fans in baseball, and I'm personally stumped at the fact that Oswalt isn't jumping the first flight to Philly. Hell, already in this thread, you've had several people calling him out for being spineless, saying that he suckes (sic), and that he's a loser for wanting to play anywhere else.

You can rationalize it however you please, but to a player who is looking at more than dollar signs, Philadelphia isn't always the most attractive destination. I suppose, however, that you could be right. Maybe Oswalt just doesn't have the passion to be a [dick].

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 2:25 pm
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Since: May 4, 2010
Posted on: July 26, 2010 2:08 pm

Oswalt market heating up

It amazes that the clowns that write these articles are supposed to have a very good understanding of the player personnel. For one Loney is a better than average fielder. While he does not have 30+ home run potential he hits at or above 300, drives in 90-100 runs per runs per year, has a high OBP which means he scores lots or runs and steals bases. What other first baseman steals as many bases as Loney? So you are going to trade a guy who is entering his prime where at some point he may find the power stroke? Then all of a sudden he's an elite player. Yes, so let's trade him........

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: July 26, 2010 1:29 pm

Oswalt market heating up

Philly fans have a bad rap. Philly fans are passionate, educated about sports, and applaud effort. The truly bad fans are the ones who sit on their hands and show no emotion. If a pitcher doesn't want to go to Philly it isn't about the fans, nor hunting land in St. Louis. It is more about the small ballpark and the balls that keep flying out of it. When the players are booed in Philly it is because they are consistently underperforming. Philadelphia's kind of players are those that give it all on the field, that run hard down to first base even when they know they will be thrown out; players that dive for balls. Philly's kind of player understands that if they hit 220 or less, or make a ton of errors, they deserve the boos. Philly stood by Pat Burrell for years without booing because he tried his butt off and when the boos finally did come, he publicly stated he deserved them. So stay at your ball park in St. Louis, it doesn't sound like you have the passion to be a Philly fan.

Since: May 11, 2009
Posted on: July 26, 2010 12:30 pm

Oswalt market heating up

When you talk about the best fans in baseball, are you talking about the the fans who cheer blindly and welcomed back McCheater?  Those same fans with all the empty seats in the stadium when they played the defending NL champs last week?  Oswalt would love the free walk in the park he would get in St. Louis.  Earlier this year when Houston played in Philly Oswalt was at bat and he hit a groundball to second.  He took about 5 steps and then headed for the dugout before Utley even threw to first. The Philly fans heckled and booed him for his effort.  He isn't going to go to Philly and play like that without the wrath of a SOLD out stadium coming down on him and he knows it.    

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2010 11:47 am

Oswalt market heating up

While I agree Loney is a fine player (and a native Houstonian), I don't think the Astros are looking for a first baseman without trading Lance Berkman first.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2010 11:44 am

Oswalt market heating up

I agree that Loney is a fine player, but I don't think the Astros are in the market for a first baseman without unloading Lance Berkman first.

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