July 29, 2010

Report: Roy Oswalt headed to Philadelphia Phillies: ESPN.com is reporting that Roy Oswalt has agreed to waive his no-trade clause and will accept a trade from the Houston Astros to the Philadelphia Phillies. Houston reportedly would get left-hander J.A. Happ and two prospects from the Phillies in the deal.

posted by BornIcon to baseball at 04:17 PM - 6 comments

Good move for a team fighting to win in the NL. As for the prospects of Oswalt pitching against a AL team should they meet in the World Series, I doubt any of those teams are shaking in their cleats at the prospect.

posted by dyams at 04:39 PM on July 29

This deal sounds like Amaro has realized he completely screwed up by trading Lee back in the off season.

posted by Demophon at 04:46 PM on July 29

This deal sounds like Amaro has realized he completely screwed up by trading Lee back in the off season.

Please stop with this, Amaro's hands were tied by ownership in the Cliff Lee situation. They knew they weren't going to sign Lee for a long term deal, so Amaro had to deal him to cut payroll. The "screw up" was that he didn't get good prospects for Lee.

Since the Phillies didn't have to guarantee 2012 to Oswalt, this is a sensible deal. Jason Werth is probably gone after this season, so Dominic Brown gets his spot in right and with the Astros paying 11 million to the Phillies, this is pretty much a wash to their payroll.

posted by MrNix67 at 06:30 PM on July 29

In a related deal, the Jays swap Brett Wallace to the Astros for former Phillies' prospect Anthony Gose. Toronto has been after Gose since the Halladay deal, and Houston had him for less than a day.

posted by wfrazerjr at 12:17 AM on July 30

After wringing my hands about Bobby Cox for years, I was kind of hoping that he would have some success with the Braves this year in his final season as manager.

But the way things stand now, there's a good chance the Braves would have to win the division to get to the playoffs, and the Phillies are going pretty good right now even without Oswalt. He certainly could be a difference maker.

posted by beaverboard at 07:49 AM on July 30

As for the prospects of Oswalt pitching against a AL team should they meet in the World Series, I doubt any of those teams are shaking in their cleats at the prospect.

And I don't think Oswalt will be too worried about any AL team he may face in the postseason. I think he's still got some gas in the tank.

posted by mjkredliner at 10:05 AM on July 30

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