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Nationals express interest in Astros' Oswalt

May 23, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

oswalt sitting.jpgBill Ladson of reports that the Nationals have expressed interest in trading for Astros right-hander Roy Oswalt, who requested a trade last week.

The Nats are off to their best start since 2005 with a 22-22 record, but that might not be enough to attract the 32-year-old Oswalt.  He’s aiming to hook up with a contender and try for a World Series ring, and his no-trade clause will allow him to pick and choose from a variety of interested teams.  It would be a shock if he’s traded before the end of May (or even June) and plenty of other contending clubs are expected to dial the number of Nats GM Mike Rizzo before this saga is through.

That said, it does make some sense.  Stephen Strasburg is shooting his way through the Nationals’ farm system and it would be fantastic to have a stand-up veteran like Oswalt in the clubhouse to keep the kid grounded and focused. 

Oswalt has a lousy 2-6 record this season through nine starts despite an ERA of 2.66 and a WHIP of 1.07.  He has also fanned 60 batters in 61 innings for the Astros, who are in last place in the NL Central.

  1. archilochusColubris - May 23, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    I’m sure Washington’s what Oswalt had in mind when he asked for a World Series contender.

  2. Paul of Virginia - May 23, 2010 at 7:27 PM

    Oswalt or another veteran winner would be a great addition to the Nats to anchor the pitching staff and to be a mentor to young master Strasburg. Roy may be too expensive but there will be other veterans as the season progressess. The Nats really do have a shot at the playoffs as a wild card if all does correctly. And if not this year then for sure in 2011. I see Roy going to the Dodgers for some young AA or A pitching and a young bat at that level as well. OF course the LAD have been pleading poor so can they manage his next two big contract years?

  3. Paul of Virginia - May 23, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    Hey Arch – please don’t dis the Nationals. They are moving quickly in the right direction. I hope you can eat those words in a year or two.

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  5. Jeff O - May 24, 2010 at 3:21 AM

    I don’t think his record is even worth mentioning.
    And while Oswalt would be a good addition to the Nationals, he’s not really the mentoring type.

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