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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: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2010 8:41 am

Report: Astors, Phillies await Oswalt's OK

We already "don't" like him.  He IS whiny, and physically suspect.  Pitching in Philly and pitching in Houston are two entirely different things.  Houston doesn't have 46K every night, is not a contending team, and doesn't have 100 reporters following the team around. Sorry but there is no other greater pressure than playing MLB in either Boston, NY and Philly. Maybe Chicago also.  That's just the way it is.  Oswalt has already let it be known that he wanted baseball "heaven" in St.Louis.  The place where all the lemmings just follow around, never booing or saying anything negative.  He ain't going there.  If he comes with his gigantic price tag, he better be ready. We are.  

Since: Dec 26, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2010 8:38 am

Report: Astors, Phillies await Oswalt's OK

All the reports I've seen so far are about HIM holding up the deal and NOT wanting to go anyplace other than St. Louis.  I understand that he wants to stay with the club for his career.  I understand that St. Louis is close to home.  I DON'T understand his refusal to want to go to Philly.  Don't get me wrong, I like him.  I am just not a fan of his approach to the trade to Philly. 

Since: Sep 18, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2010 8:38 am

Report: Astors, Phillies await Oswalt's OK

He is not better than Hamels.  Their ERA's are similar and last time I checked Hamels was one up on Oswalt in World Series rings and MVPs.  Plus, hamels is younger, healthier, and cheaper. 

Having said that, getting Oswalt would give them a great 1-2-3 punch.  I'm just not sure what they will have to give up will be worth it.  Plus, assuming Happ gets moved in the deal, you still have the problem of Kendrick in the rotation.

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2010 8:34 am

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I am just trying to figure out where this team that is making the trade with the Phils plays.  The ASTORS??  Never heard of them.  Don't they have editors at CBS Sportsline???

Since: Dec 26, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2010 8:33 am

Report: Astors, Phillies await Oswalt's OK

My friends said I was greedy for wanting to keep Lee when Halladay was a done deal.  I have been through too many years where a guy is traded and then you have to go and make another deal to replace the guy at the very same position.  So here we go again, where we WOULD have had two of the best pitchers in the majors (and innings eaters) with solid support from the other pitchers.  Now we are dealing again for a MORE expensive pitcher while moaning about the Werth contract. 

Upper management is NOT getting a pass on this from me.  They screwed up (and still are).  Now they are trying to make amends. 

Phrustrated in Philly.

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2010 8:32 am

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You obviously know nothing about Oswalt.  He may be a bit overpriced, but he is anything but whiny.  He's a solid guy, a straight shooter, and old school.  You will like him. 

Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2010 8:29 am

Report: Astors, Phillies await Oswalt's OK

The problem was the Lee was unwilling to sign a contract past this year.  So the Phils didnt think they could lock Lee up for 3-4 more yrs at 15m a yr.  So they traded him.

Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2010 8:27 am

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While I'll be excited to see Oswalt wearing Phillies pinstripes, I have to say that I think I would rather keep Happ. Oswalt is good, but its been more of the Phillies hitting this year that has done them in, not pitching. Happ doesn't seem as much as a one season "wonder" like Kendrick was. He still seems to have a lot of upswing. Even his game back the other day after being out since late April-early May was pretty good. So while I am happy to see the Phils get Oswalt, I think it's not needed. Oh well, time will tell.
Go Phils!

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2010 8:19 am

Report: Astors, Phillies await Oswalt's OK

As a season ticket holder, I think this is a bad move for the phils..The phillies dont need to add an overpaid,whiny,5 years past is prime veteran.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2010 7:58 am

Report: Astors, Phillies await Oswalt's OK

So you can be the type of person/GM who never admits mistakes - or you can learn from your mistakes and be aggressive.

Kudos to Amaro and the Phils ownership for doing this.

I have heard rumors about Oswalts back and the like. I hope he's healthy.

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