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Remember when Steve Phillips said he'd trade Stephen Strasburg for Roy Oswalt?

Jul 29, 2010, 6:46 PM EDT

It seems like a good time to point out that two months ago former Mets general manager, former ESPN analyst, and current AOL Fanhouse contributor Steve Phillips said during a radio interview that he’d trade Stephen Strasburg for Roy Oswalt if he were running the Astros.
And then he shot a video “defending himself and explaining why dealing an unproven commodity for an ace might not be a bad idea.”
Seriously.
Turns out the Astros got juuuuuuuuuuust slightly less than the world’s best pitching prospect in exchange for Oswalt, settling instead for a 27-year-old mid-rotation starter, a toolsy 19-year-old shortstop, and (after they flip Anthony Gose to Toronto, apparently) Triple-A first baseman Brett Wallace and his rapidly declining stock.
I’d normally make some sort of joke here about how this is the reason why Phillips is no longer a GM, but in truth his thinking Strasburg-for-Oswalt was a good idea probably doesn’t even make the list.

  1. DonnieBaseball23 - Jul 29, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    I will remember Mr. Phillips’ comment during the 2011 season when Roy O is racking up 20 W’s with the Phils and Strasburg is trying not to become Mark Prior.

  2. Deep Blue - Jul 30, 2010 at 5:14 AM

    I thought perhaps you were going to go the other way on this – talking about how Strasburg’s injury makes this plan look a lot more reasonable. Quite a few people in MLB think Strasburg’s mechanics make him likely to suffer injury.

  3. Benny Blanco - Jul 30, 2010 at 9:02 AM

    I dont agree with Phillips on this trade idea, but Strasburgs injury, even if its a minor one, kind of vindicates Phillips remarks.
    Nevertheless, Strasburg has too much potential to trade.

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