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Roy Oswalt would waive no-trade clause to go to the Nationals

Jun 1, 2010, 8:46 PM EST

roy oswalt headshot astros.jpgNatsTown is suddenly a very hot ticket with the news of Stephen Strasburg’s imminent promotion. And according to what Roy Oswalt told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post on Tuesday, he wouldn’t mind hitching his wagon (or tractor) to the surprising ballclub.

“They’ve been playing well,” Oswalt said. “They’ve got a good offensive
club. I saw where they have Strasburg coming up. He should make an
immediate impact, especially, because no one’s seen him in the league,
early. There’s always a little adjustment period there.”

Oswalt went on to call the National League East “wide open” and that he would be willing to play “anywhere” where he can contend. Entering play on Tuesday, the Nationals are 26-26 and just 3 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves.

Oswalt, 32, is 3-7 with a 2.78 ERA and 1.08 WHIP over 11 starts with the Astros this season. He is owed $15 million this season, $16 million in 2011 and either $16 million or a $2 million buyout in 2012.

  1. Tom Shumaker - Jun 2, 2010 at 8:24 AM

    As long as Roy doesn’t cost the Nats an arm & a leg, I’d love to see him in an updated rotation with Strasburg, Atilano, Lannan & Hernandez. Then, I think the East race would be “wide open”.

  2. Jonny5 - Jun 2, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    This scares the “bejesus” out of Charlie Manuel. I bet he’s “More worried than a hen in a foxhole” about this scenerio.

  3. Chuck - Jun 2, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Horse manure. He’s too much of a pro to say it to the press but there’s no way he leaves Houston for the friggin’ Nationals, Strasburg or not. Where in this quote does he say he’d waive his no trade clause to go there? They asked him if he’d go and instead of saying %$# no! he said ‘they’ve been playing well’. Non-story

  4. Sean Nickerson - Jun 2, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    I have been a expos fan since the early 80’s and when they left for Washington, I became a Nats fan. I love to see Roy in a Nats uniform.
    Washington offence with Dunn, Zimmerman, Desmond, Willingham, Morgan with a 1, 2 punch in their rotation would put alot of pressure on the Braves and Phillys to win the east. Not to mention on the wild card race. Go Nats Go!!!

  5. Omega in Colorado - Jun 2, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    This is a ridiculous story, when they bring this kid up from the minors they are going to limit him to a maximum of 95 big boy innings. I know the Nats are turning things around and that is great for them, but those 95 innings from an unproven prospect (at the big league level at least) is not going to propel them into contention. And adding an aging Oswalt to the rotation will not help them in the short term or long term.
    Nice little pile of fluff and nothing.

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