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Roy Oswalt to the Cardinals is "unlikely."

Jul 26, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

It’s one thing to talk about a deal, but it’s another thing altogether to make a deal. Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch is reporting this morning that, despite talking about it for over a week, the Cardinals dealing for Roy Oswalt is “unlikely.”

The reason: as it appeared last week, the Astros simply aren’t being realistic about what they can expect in return. Indeed, as of Friday it was being reported that Ed Wade wanted two top prospects, a third minor-league
player, and a young player who is “major-league ready.” In a world where Dan Haren brings back a middling prospect and a bunch of chaff, that simply isn’t happening.

Between Wade’s demands, the Cardinals’ hesitance, Oswalt’s no-trade clause and the fact that the Phillies have started to get their stuff together and thus may not be as desperate, it remains to be seen if anyone matches up with the Astros at this point.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 26, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    With AZ, WASH, FLA and the Mutts, there’s no reason the Phillies can’t win 8 of the next 12. However, they should still be going after Oswalt heavily. They need a 1-2-3 punch if they do end up getting into the playoffs, and if they have to start Joe Blanton in game three, there no way they are winning the World Series this year.

  2. Old Gator - Jul 26, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Would everyone here who is so sick of hearing about Roy Oswalt every day for the past four months that they no longer give a flying fark at a rolling donut where he winds up please raise their hands?

  3. YankeesfanLen - Jul 26, 2010 at 10:06 AM

    I’m going to read all these trade posts all week with blinders on. When something happens, it happens, but from past experience IF the Universe does anything it will be a fait accompli not something rumored to death. We’ll all know Saturday night somewhere around the garden of good and evil.

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 26, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    Don’t worry, Gator. In 6 days, it will be over whether he is traded or not.

  5. imabigdog - Jul 26, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    HEY ROY!!!!!… You have a choice, you can either drop your demand for the last year of your contract to be guaranteed and chase a ring in October, or you can just chase you ass in October.

  6. Jonny5 - Jul 26, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    I don’t really care who the Phills trade for or don’t. As long as they don’t trade anyone for Ben Sheets. I hear Happ may go for Roy Oswalt, and after seeing Haren going for what he did, it may still happen. The Astros did have scouts out watching him yesterday as well as much time spent with him in the minors on his rehab stint. A cheap pitcher who was ROY runner up last season for Oswalt straight up? Maybe?

  7. BC - Jul 26, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    Me! Me!

  8. Utley's hair - Jul 26, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    I think there is too much being made out of the “major league ready” part of the demands–this is, after all, the Houston Astros.

    But three MiLBers, with two top prospects, while taking on Oswalt’s massive contract? Eddie, you need to close the retractable roof more often, ’cause it seems that the Houston heat is getting to you.

  9. charly - Jul 26, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    hey – maybe the yankees will wake up and trade chamberlain straight up. or if they want a second body, i’d throw in burnett and vasques as a third. or how about ALL of their relief pitchers other than rivera?

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