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Oswalt's no-trade clause is becoming meaningless

Jun 14, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

roy oswalt headshot astros.jpgIn the past couple of weeks we’ve heard Roy Oswalt say that he’d waive his no-trade clause to go “an organization that wants to win.”  They all want to win, of course, so that doesn’t say much. Neither, really, does Oswalt fielding questions about specific teams.  Oswalt is a nice young southern gentleman, so I’m sure he was taught that it was rude to disparage people in public. The Nats? Sure, why not. The Yankees? Can’t rule it out!  How about the Mets?

A player who is friendly with Roy Oswalt says
the Astros right-hander would “definitely” accept a trade to the Mets
if they remain in the playoff hunt. But the fact Oswalt is
still owed about $30 million through 2011 makes it extremely unlikely
the Mets would pursue him. The player who is friendly with
Oswalt said the right-hander likes the veteran fiber of the Mets.

Oswalt was long thought to prefer the National League and smaller cities closer to his offseason home down south. Now that he’s said OK to the Mets, the Yankees and the Nationals — more or less — none of that seems to apply. Or maybe he’s just saying that, yes, hypothetically he’d accept anything.  It seems, though, that the more reports like this we hear, the less meaningful they truly are.

  1. Scott - Jun 14, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    No, it’s not meaningless. He can choose where he gets traded, if it had no meaning he would have no choice.

  2. Evan - Jun 14, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    why not go to the tampa bay rays where you could win a championship with the rays

  3. Disgruntled 'Stros Fan - Jun 14, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Hunsicker would give the ‘Stros nothing compared to what they would want in a trade for Roy O. Not to mention, the DRays should hone in on keeping CC out there in Left Field past this Season. Damn shame we can’t make a Deal for Hunsicker! He did a TON here…with very little Payroll!

  4. Joe C - Jun 14, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    If Roy Oswalt wants to come to the Mets, work out a deal for him. Offer Ollie Perez a buyout and figure out away to get it done. They do have some players that might interest Houston that are inexpensive such as Angel Pagan (although I love how he plays), Tejada and Mejia.Maybe they would take John Maine, if he looks good in his next few starts (I doubt this will happen). If they got Oswalt and a healthy Beltran, they could become a team that should make the playoffs.

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