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Roy Oswalt demands to be traded

May 21, 2010, 7:15 PM EST

Roy Oswalt had another tough-luck loss last night. In the recaps this morning I said “Roy Oswalt (2-5 with a 2.66 ERA) is giving serious thought to stealing a
convertible, grabbing Zack Greinke and going on a cross-country crime
spree as a result of the run support injustices done unto him for so
long.”

Seems that Thelma is getting ready to find Louise and head the heck out of town: He has asked Astros’ GM Ed Wade to trade him. Wade, however, doesn’t seem too inclined to do anything about it:

Asked if Oswalt had demanded a trade, Wade said: “I’m going to put my
tongue in my cheek and say that Roy’s contract includes a no-trade
clause, not a trade-me clause. There is no rule that allows a player in
his contract status to demand a trade. Demand, request… it’s all the
same and duly noted.”

Um, yeah.  Memo to Ed Wade: your team is horrible, your farm system is horrible, and Roy Oswalt represents about the only thing approaching tradeable value you have.  For your sake I hope this little coy act is just about playing hard to get and maximizing Oswalt’s value in the open market. Because if it isn’t, and you decide not to deal the guy who will, by far, be the most desirable starting pitcher available in-season, you’re committing General Manager malpractice.

Bidders line up on the right.  There’s a good one about to become available. We hope.

  1. Old Gator - May 21, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    Possible scenarios for the Oswalt/Greinke film: Badlands II, directed by Terrence Malick; In Cold Blood II, with Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Mike Lupica, Ray and Zack, with Kevin Bacon in drag and Harvey Keitel reprising his role as the cop; The Hidden II with Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney as two repulsive, slug-like aliens that possess ballplayers; The Pitcher, in which Rutger Hauer plays both of them.
    .
    Send your proposed screenplays to triggerstreet.com. Really.
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    reCaptcha: reruns to. Honestly. One takes one’s inspiration where one finds it.

  2. JT - May 21, 2010 at 7:46 PM

    Come on. “By far”? Cliff Lee is pretty close to a lock to be available, and once available, he will be the most desirable starting pitcher available in-season.

  3. AJ Gallo - May 21, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    Whichever of the contending teams is able to obtain Oswalt or Lee, they should immediately become favorites to win the World Series.

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  6. JBerardi - May 22, 2010 at 9:31 AM

    “Memo to Ed Wade: your team is horrible, your farm system is horrible, and Roy Oswalt represents about the only thing approaching tradeable value you have. For your sake I hope this little coy act is just about playing hard to get and maximizing Oswalt’s value in the open market. Because if it isn’t, and you decide not to deal the guy who will, by far, be the most desirable starting pitcher available in-season, you’re committing General Manager malpractice.”
    Good memo, but I think you need to send it to Drayton McLane instead of Wade. As I understand it, when McLane was choosing his GM, Wade was the only candidate who suggested a “win now” strategy rather than a “blow this crapheap up” strategy. It’s too bad, because at this point the Astros are really just doing everything they can to ensure a long exile to the wilderness where the Royals and Pirates currently reside.

  7. jeff - May 22, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    As long as Wade has Oswald he has leverage. He can continue to live in his fantasy land and convince those his long term plan will work. As a long time pirates fan i can tell you trading Oswald for anyone will not fix the Astros alone. Its too late, the astro’s are doomed to (at least) a decade of losing and thats if they can fix their farm system relatively quickly (which they won’t be able to do). Oswald will be let go somewhere after the all-star break and within a couple years the team will be let go from houston. Birmingham Astro’s has a bit of a ring to it, don’t you think?

  8. Roy's Mom - May 22, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    Oswalt.

    And the plural of Astro is Astros. I know, those apostrophes can be so confusing.

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