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Roy Oswalt joins Lance Berkman in being open to a trade from Astros

May 14, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

Lance Berkman made headlines last week for saying he’d be open to a trade and suggesting the Astros would be smart to deal him, and yesterday Roy Oswalt joined him in publicly saying he’d be open to a move.
Oswalt said during an interview with MLB Network Radio that he’d consider waiving his no-trade clause for a move to a “true contender” and, like Berkman, explained why the Astros would be smart to pursue a deal.

When you get to a point where you need to start rebuilding they’re going to start with a guy that’s got a lot of value and I understand that if I’m throwing well that they maybe can get two or three guys that can fill holes that they need.

Obviously the Astros aren’t going to get as much in return for Berkman and Oswalt as they would have, say, two years ago, but whatever they do get back will almost surely help jumpstart the rebuilding process more than a 32-year-old and a 34-year-old. Oswalt has a 2.63 ERA in seven starts and Berkman is hitting well again following knee surgery, so general manager Ed Wade should be working the phones pretty hard.
Oswalt makes $15 million this season and $16 million next season, with a $16 million option or $2 million buyout for 2012. Berkman makes $14.5 million this season with a $15 million option or $2 million buyout for 2011.

  1. ThatGuy - May 14, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    The twins would be smart to offer a combo featuring Wilson Ramos the Astros way for Oswalt, a no longer great but Definatly still solid Oswalt would do wonders for the Twins rotation. I know zero about the Astros catching prospects but he is probably as good as their starters right now.

  2. enough already - May 14, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    How many minor leaguers would the Mets have to throw in in a trade that included Ollie Perez? Wait… don’t answer that.

  3. Jamie - May 14, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    So… Lance Berkman knows it. Roy Oswalt knows it. Dogs know it. When does Drayton McLane get the memo?

  4. Steve B - May 14, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    The Astros have a good catching prospect named Jason Castro (from Castro Valley, CA no less). I think what they’d really be after is infielders and pitchers, because you don’t have to pay the premium for catching and you can play as slow a guy as you want in that tiny, tiny left field. Their organization has very little else to offer at any level; they just need stacks and stacks of dudes.

  5. Cru11 - May 14, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    The link on the NBC sports homepage to this story has a picture of Brad Lidge beside it?

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