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Phillies seek pitcher, focusing on Oswalt, Haren

Posted on: July 21, 2010 6:44 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2010 7:43 pm
It's July, so the Phillies are trying to trade for a starting pitcher.

Of course they are. They do every year.

The Phillies have dealt for a starter each of the last four years , and sources familiar with the organization said they're trying hard this week to make it five in a row.

The top target has been Astros right-hander Roy Oswalt, but it appears that Diamondbacks right-hander Dan Haren could be a strong fallback position. Last year, remember, the Phillies tried first for Roy Halladay, before switching to their second choice and acquiring Cliff Lee (before then trading Lee and acquiring Halladay over the winter).

While sources said that no deal was close, as of late Wednesday afternoon, it's entirely possible that a trade for one of the pitchers could be completed before the July 31 non-waiver deadline. While the Phillies have two openings in their rotation this weekend, after demoting Kyle Kendrick and losing Jamie Moyer to an injury, the team apparently doesn't feel pressure to get a trade completed in the next 2-3 days.

The Phillies expect to activate left-hander J.A. Happ from the disabled list to start Sunday's game against the Rockies, although in some scenarios that have been discussed, Happ would be part of the package the Phillies would give up in a trade.

Astros owner Drayton McLane told the team's website that "nothing's imminent" on the trade front, and suggested that any deal would wait until closer to the July 31 deadline.

A deal for Oswalt remains complicated, for all the reasons we explained last month and more. reported Wednesday that Oswalt would require a team to pick up his 2012 option as part of agreeing to any deal, and sources said the Phillies aren't inclined to do that. Oswalt may not really want to pitch in Philadelphia in any case, having told people in Houston that he would rather not go anywhere with a large and aggressive media contingent.

The Phillies' urgency to make a trade could also be affected by the way the team plays the rest of this week. The Phils lost five of their first six games after the All-Star break, falling a season-high seven games behind the Braves in the National League East. The Phils have also fallen four games behind in the wild-card race.

The standings provide part of the reason that the Phillies have focused on Oswalt and Haren, because both pitchers are signed past this season, so neither would be a pennant-race rental. In effect, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro would be doing what White Sox GM Ken Williams did last summer, when he traded for Jake Peavy and claimed Alex Rios on waivers with one eye on 2010.

By acquiring either Oswalt or Haren, the Phillies would accomplish two things: First, they'd have a somewhat better chance of making the playoffs this year, and a great playoff rotation of Halladay, Cole Hamels and either of the two targets if they did get there. Second, they'd basically complete their shopping for 2011, adding the pitcher to their rotation with the understanding that they'd make room financially by allowing Jayson Werth to leave as a free agent and replacing him with top prospect Domonic Brown.

The Phils have also discussed the possibility of trading Werth this month, but at this point a Werth trade seems less likely than a deal for a pitcher.


Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2010 10:08 pm

Phillies seek pitcher, focusing on Oswalt, Haren

dude youre an idiot. howard having a sub-par year? i guess .299 22 hrs and 76 rbis is having a bad year. and as far as the braves go, we all know that they will lose in the first round. so take that karma and shove it up your ass.

a phillies fan

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2010 10:06 pm

Phillies seek pitcher, focusing on Oswalt, Haren

Hey Braves fan,
The Braves will choke.  The End.  

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2010 9:25 pm

Phillies seek pitcher, focusing on Oswalt, Haren

Philly has more needs than a starting pitcher. There bullpen is atrocious, Even Doc is hittable now, Hamels is so-so, rest of starters really bad. Offense bad, a wannabe at 3rd and catching. Utley, even when healthy and Howard having sub par years. The Braves are for real this year, Mets are better. The funniest part of the last post was to deal Ibanez for prospects Ludicrous or Santa Claus thinking. Who in the world would trade a top prospect for a washed up over paid lourneyman outfielder?  Phillie fans are either very egotistical or stupid, probably a combination of the two. Hope Philly trades the farm for Oswalt and has to pay him 16 million next year. After trading Lee for minor leaguers and having to trade for an over the hill Oswalt or Haren would be a case of karma in my opinion.
   A Braves Fan

Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2010 8:38 pm

They should be seeking trades for Werth & Ibanez

As a die-hard Phillies fan, I would love everything to be perfect here in the City of Brotherly Love.  But that's not the case and changes need to be made.  I know Jayson Werth is not coming back next year. Is contract demands are through the roof and we have his replacement already waiting to take his place in Dom Brown. I say trade him now and get some prospects or at least one top notch, can't miss prospect in return. Do I hear a Jayson Werth for Wade Davis of Tampa Bay trade?  Trading Werth is not completely out of the question.  But something else that should be done is trade Raul Ibanez. Make it a complete salary dump or agree to pay half of his salary and get a couple low level prospects to plug in down on the farm, I don't care.  But that would open up a spot for John Mayberry to play every day which is a level of confidence the organization should show in him like they do with Dominic Brown.  If the Mayberry experiment doesn't work though, there still is at least 10 million or more freed up from the two being gone next year and that's money saved in that strict, strict budget that Ruben Amaro has to work with.  Give the youngsters a chance and I am sure they will shine. So in my perfect scenerio, we have three players making small money and the ability to go out and get a top notch starter that's on the market without having to worry about that whole money thing. Sounds perfect, so I know it won't happen.

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