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Report: Astros, Phillies await Oswalt's OK

Posted on: July 29, 2010 1:41 am
Edited on: July 29, 2010 2:18 pm
Roy Oswalt UPDATE : Oswalt has agreed to go to Philly, and the Astros will receive J.A. Happ and two minor-leaguers. Click here for the full story .

All Roy Oswalt has to do is say OK and he'll be a Phillie, according to a report by Mark Berman of FOX 26 Sports in Houston .

Berman says the Astros and Phillies have agreed not only on the players involved, but also the amount of money involved in the deal.

Oswalt asked to be traded earlier this season, so it's assumed he'll waive his no-trade clause to join Philadelphia.

If Oswalt moves before his scheduled start against the Brewers on Friday, he will leave Texas one victory shy of tying Joe Niekro's record for victories as an Astro (144).

This season he is 6-12 with a 3.42 ERA. He is owed roughly $5 million for the rest of this season, plus $16 million next season. He also has a club option for $16 million in 2012 with a buyout of $2 million.

Earlier in the day, it was reported the Cardinals were out of the running for Oswalt and the Dodgers were unlikely to swing a deal.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Jul 29, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2010 11:30 am

Report: Astros, Phillies await Oswalt's OK

Tough call here....  im a big oswalt fan but totally hasnt been pitching well, and although i know he is an upgrade, it seems like alot of money to guarentee a 35 year old pitcher with back problems, i think they should have went harder for haren, or even still try and get lilly

Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2010 11:30 am

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Here we go again, this sounds like the marlins of a few years back, buying a championship, I hate this, that one piece so late can be a game changer for one team, when another is doing so well, and yes I can not stand the phillies, and love the braves. I do have to say Kudos to Amaro for sucking it up and going after it, he may well have buried my Braves with this move, I'm hoping Wren can counter somehow, a big bat would be nice. GO BRAVES!!!

P.s. and by the way, my "Buying a championship" line above is just sour grapes, should make this race interesting!!

Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2010 11:22 am

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Enough of Cliff Lee already!!!!....Having Oswalt would be a great asset to the ballclub....In a short series Halladay, Hamels, Oswalt is alot better than Halladay, Hamels, Blanton....We would be able to compete with the Yankees and probably beat them....So let's hope Roy ok's this deal and let's get ready for another World Series!!!!

Since: Sep 18, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2010 11:20 am

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Really - he's better than Hammels. Watch much baseball?

I watched enought to see Hamels carry a team to its first championship in 28 years and earn WS MVP.  I also have watched enough this year to see Hamels pitch as well as Oswalt.  If we are talking who is better or who would you rather have today, I would go Hamels due to similar stats, while Hamels is younger, healthier, and less expensive. 

If you are going to make a statement like that, at least back it up with something.  Plus, it's Hamels, not Hammels.  Spell much?

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2010 10:49 am

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...And this is exactly why Rollins, Howard, and a few other Phillies call the Philadelphia fans "frontrunners". Because when Oswalt starts 4-0 with the Phillies, you will be on here posting about how great the deal was and Kudos to Amaro for undoing his Lee screw up. Then of course when Oswalt goes on the DL, you'll be back to calling him over-paid, whiny, and past his prime! (Nevermind the fact that he's a shade younger than Halladay!) 

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2010 10:46 am

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Lee trade was a bad move--------Phils made a bad decision although they were looking toward future knowing Lee was determined to become free agent.  Halladay deal locked up a great pitcher for more years.  They wanted to at least get something back for Lee (even thought the propects are not performing well right now).  Yes it would be great to have them both, but that wasn't going to happen, even though we all would have loved it for this year.   Oswalt will come to Philly, if not then he lied about waiving his no trade and coming to a winner.  If he stays with Houston, then obviously he doesn't want a chance to go to WS.  This is his best chance.  Plus it has been reported several times that Dave Montgomery is involved directly with owner of Houston Mclane.  As far as us Phillies fans who cares about the Money being spent.  The Phillies have plenty of money and a loyal fan base.  They sell out every game and yes every company wants to keep a budget in their head, but sometimes you just have to pull the trigger.  Oswalt is a great pitcher stuck on a bad team--------Look at his stats (proof that he is workhorse) and he has a great WHIP.  He is also like Halladay (he doesn't walk many batters).  Question his attitude?   People and players adjust to their surroundings.  He will be imbraced just like Halladay was and Dominic Brown was last night.  Basically, you get Oswalt, you are only giving up Happ and a bunch of Single A players.  It is really a must do.  I love a post season series of Halladay, Oswalt and Hamels more so than Halladay, Hamels, Happ.   That is your best chance to win.  I'll take Oswalts WHIP, ERA and Wins 143 compared to Happs 20, plus the fact the Phils have Oswalt for a couple more years also.  Oswalt will do fine, especially when you are teamates with Halladay and Hamels. 

Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2010 10:46 am

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what exactly are the details here ? i know we cant get rid of werth know because victorino went down but i had a feeling we would still get this done, who is going ? i havent heard.. happ & prospects maybe ? fill me in please !! But, i notice someone on here said this is amaro admitting getting rid of lee was wrong ? how do you figure ? just look at halladays numbers ? if it werent for run support hed have 15 wins by now, plus the no hitter and the thing i keep telling between the difference between halladay and lee is.. come playoffs, halladay isnt going to need 4 days rest in between start like lee did, well see halladay every 3rd day

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2010 10:39 am

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Yeh Oswalt has a mid 3 ERA and is 6-12 but he plays for the Astros... I'm not saying he'll be the second coming of Christ but he'll be a great #3 if he stays healthy.

And for god sakes, PLEASE STOP TALKING ABOUT CLIFF LEE- yes, it would be amazing to have Lee and Halladay- but we don't, and we won't in the future.  So let it go already.  We were all frustrated but Phillies fans need to look at how we can move forward and win the Series.  Enough with the Amaro Lee crap already

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2010 10:37 am

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I think the Phillies would be better served to try and land Brett Myers and lock him up instead.There are off the field issues as to why the Phillies do not want Myers back. You won't see him in a Phils uniform again.

I'd be happy to have Oswalt. Happ is likely a 4 or 5 starter in this league. Oswalt gives you a chance to win while the window is still open. When your best players are in their prime, thats when you want to go all in. If the Phillies can hag around until Utley returns, they have a shot at making the post season. From there anything is possible.
Pedro did do well in the World Series in game 2, but it's obvious that the Phillies (should they pull of the miracle and make it) need a second starter to compete against the Yankees or whomever else represents the AL. Hamels is pitching very well so far, but having Halladay - Oswalt - Hamels is much more formidable. Especially since after that they are awful. Moyer is cooked. Blanton is having a terrible year. Kendrick throws an occasional good game, but can't crack the staff of half of the MLB teams. Unlike Lee, Halladay can pitch on three days notice. Oswalt gives them a chance to compete with that extra quality arm. I know he's hurt. I know he may not help the team in two years. I'm more concerned about this year right now.

Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2010 10:36 am

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Nothing like paying top dollar for a pitcher that's 6-12 with an ERA in the mid 3's.

Sorry, but this just absolutely points right at the failure of the Phillies letting Lee go for next to nothing.

Not to mention, now we've got to sit here and wait as other deals are done... hoping and praying that we "get Oswalt"... that he'll possibly agree to the deal. The deal is laid out for him... what is he waiting for? Does he think that at the last moment another team is going to come and offer him a better deal after the other teams in the running have already made other deals?

What I would do if I was the Phillies would tell Houston and Oswalt... the deal needs to be done (accepted) by the end of today, otherwise, we'll go after our 2nd option. 

I would not be waiting for this guy to ruin a chance at other deals the Phillies might be able to get. 

Besides, the Phillies don't need a starting pitcher more than they need a closer that doesn't STINK TO HIGH HEAVEN. After Lidge blew one of his only chances to close a World Series game last year, they still haven't learned they need to replace him??? His body of work this year is also just as "impressive". The man averages two baserunners per 9th easily. If the winning run doesn't come to the plate (even with a 3 run lead), his name isn't Brad Lidge. 

Lidge is who needs to be replaced.  

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