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UPDATE: Phillies exploring deal for Oswalt, moving Werth?

Jul 20, 2010, 11:31 PM EDT

UPDATE: According to Ken Rosenthal of, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said he is not close to a trade. In addition, Rosenthal reports that the Diamondbacks Astros, A’s are not close to a trade, either. In other words, it’s probably safe to go to bed now.

10:55 PM:
Stark hears that the Phillies have spent “a lot of time” exploring a deal for Oswalt.

10:41 PM: Things are about to get very interesting.

According to Jayson Stark of, the Phillies are currently working on a “major deal” for a starting pitcher. But as always with the Fightins, that’s not all. According to Stark, they would then move Jayson Werth in “a companion trade.”

ESPN’s Buster Olney hears the same thing and floats Roy Oswalt as a possible fit.

Oswalt fits in a lot of ways. They could make the
dollars work by moving Jayson Werth’s contract — and they’d have Oswalt
for 2011.

Oswalt, who turns 33 in August, is set to earn $16 million next season and either $16 million in 2012 or a $2 million buyout in 2012.

I’m guessing that this could be a way to get top prospect Domonic Brown up to the big leagues. The 22-year-old outfielder opened play Tuesday batting .360/.383/.560 with four home runs and 16 RBI over his first 75 at-bats with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Stay tuned.

  1. Andy L - Jul 21, 2010 at 1:08 AM

    Why do they want to do this at all? Werth is one of their best hitters. Still just too embarrassed to eat the cost of Ibanez?

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 21, 2010 at 7:38 AM

    If the Phillies trade for Oswalt, it confirms that the Cliff Lee trade was the WORST trade in Phillies history, and possibly, in Major league history. To give away Lee, who was CHEAPER and BETTER than Oswalt for prospects that are not even 10% as good as what Seattle received a half year later…and then trading MORE PROSPECTS for a Oswalt half a year later…if the Phillies do not make the playoffs, he should be fired for his handling of Cliff Lee. No doubt about it. The Phillies chose Amaro over Mike Arbuckle…what a horrible mistake they made.

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 21, 2010 at 7:50 AM

    And Ken Rosenthal reminds me of Howard Eskin…hey Kenny…just because Amaro TOLD YOU they are not close to a trade doesn’t make it TRUE!!! Amaro lied all during the winter meetings about Halladay and then BOOM they got him. He is a liar by nature, which is the nature of all GMs, isn’t it?? If I have to believe someone between Kenny, Jayson, and Buster…I’ll believe Jayson every day and twice on Sunday. The other two…eh.

  4. Paper Lions - Jul 21, 2010 at 8:22 AM

    Settle down Chris, they just “report” what was said or what they heard. Notice they aren’t reported as facts, the report states that it is what he was told by Amaro. Believe it, don’t believe it, whatever, but there isn’t any reason to jump on the messenger because you don’t like the message. At least it wasn’t an “unnamed source”.
    Feel free to enlighten us how publicly airing your trade strategy is a good idea for a GM, I’ll hang up and listen. Thanks.

  5. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 21, 2010 at 8:34 AM

    I remember recently reading Buster Olney tell us that Cliff Lee to the Yankees “all but done”. That’s where I lost all confidence in him. And when Rosenthal tells me that a trade isn’t happening, I get ready to read all about an upcoming trade. Jayson Stark is the best in the business.

  6. Jonny5 - Jul 21, 2010 at 8:44 AM

    I heard the Rays are in on Werth as well. Hmmm? It was a big mistake to trade Lee. BIG HUGE mistake. Amaro screwed the pooch on that one. Lee is better than Ozwalt, is much cheaper for this season than Ozwalt, will draw first round picks when he leaves, Now they have to trade Werth, who could have drawn more first rounders when he left for FA. Now they sit here with how many players leaving the farm system, trading Werth, Paying more for another starter who isn’t as good, for not realizing Lee was a gift and should have been kept. Ohhh boy, now Moyer looks hurt….. Happ is just getting his arm back ,Blanton has not been as good, which wasn’t great to begin with. It’s like, thank god for Hamels and Halladay right now…. but that’s not enough. And what’s with the non offense?? this doesn’t look like the same team anymore.

  7. aschwartz - Jul 21, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    Tampa needs to get this done. I am sick of looking at the stats and seeing so many .220 or below hitters in the line-up.

  8. Paper Lions - Jul 21, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    According to EVERYONE, the deal was all but done. That is why the Yankees were pissed off that the Mariners shopped their offer and traded him to the Rangers. You lost confidence in Olney because he was right?

  9. G2 - Jul 21, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    Trading Werth to clear space is ridiculous. He’s cheap. he’s a dream contract and he’s gonna give the phillies a couple draft picks if they hold on to him.
    he’s also the only righty power they have.
    Although I could see a Werth for BJ Upton trade. I think Upton needs to get out of that toilet and he’ll be able to hit again. Although Amaro will probably throw in domonic brown to make it work.

  10. DualLeads - Jul 21, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    The question mark at the end of the headline says it all: We have absolutely NO IDEA of what we are talking about here……

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