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Report: Phillies have a deal in place for Roy Oswalt

Jul 29, 2010, 12:44 AM EDT

According to Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston, the Phillies and Astros have a deal in place involving Roy Oswalt and are waiting for the 32-year-old right-hander to decide whether he wants to waive his no-trade clause. 

Berman writes that the two sides “have agreed on the amount of money” that the Astros will eat from Oswalt’s contract and the players that the Phillies will be sending to Houston.

If the report is true and the deal is only pending Oswalt’s approval, our guess is that he goes.  The Astros are a lost franchise and currently reside in fifth place in the National League Central.  They need him to take his hefty contract elsewhere, and he’d be wise to jump at the opportunity to play for a contender.

Oswalt has a 3.42 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP and 120 strikeouts in 129 innings this season.  He is owed about $5 million for the rest of this season, $16 million for 2011 and he also carries a $16 million option for 2012.  He wants that option picked up by the team that acquires him and that may be causing the hold-up.  Oswalt will be 34 at the start of the 2012 season and he turns 35 during it.  His numbers haven’t declined this season — in fact, he’s seen a bit of a resurgence — but the Phillies probably don’t want to pay for former Houston general manager Tim Purpura’s mistakes.  He made a whole lot of them during his short stay with the club.

  1. max - Jul 29, 2010 at 1:04 AM

    I just hope this doesn’t mean Werth is heading to Houston.

  2. walk - Jul 29, 2010 at 1:36 AM

    I hope he appreciates the type of ballpark he is heading to. I know he has a big contract now but he wont get anything close to his current contract when he gets done pitching in philly.

  3. Reflex - Jul 29, 2010 at 3:36 AM

    The Astros park is a bandbox too. And their defense is far worse than the Phils. If anything Oswalt could improve, especially since most of the NL East parks he’d be pitching in when away from home are more pitcher friendly than most of the NL Central parks.

  4. nickbo13 - Jul 29, 2010 at 3:41 AM

    Werth is probably the most under-rated player in all sports. This guy can do it all, is very low key, doesn’t cause problems and is ready to play everyday. For Philly fans, I hope they keep him in Philadelphia. This guy is good, I can’t figure out why he doesn’t get much press talk or TV exposure.

  5. BDawk - Jul 29, 2010 at 6:02 AM

    This is BS – we don’t want him.

  6. clemenza - Jul 29, 2010 at 6:22 AM

    Happ the pitcher will be the player plus prospects

  7. Jonny5 - Jul 29, 2010 at 8:51 AM

    Werth will go nowhere in this deal. But don’t count out other deals in the making. The Yankees drool over Werth. Even Ibanez could go in a trade if the Phills want to eat some contract. He’s been on the upswing lately, And with Brown and his abilities that were proven last night??? He’s ready and very cheap. If they can trade Victorino or Ibanez, they should. I’d love to see Werth stay, but if he goes Ruben better get a right handed or switch hitting starting bat in his place. He would have to.

  8. CJ - Jul 29, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    It’d be a shame to lose Happ, I’d much rather give up Kendrick and better prospects. But this is the one pitcher still available that I’d be ok with trading Happ for. I just think a rotation of Halalday, Hamels, Oswalt, Happ and Blanton would be a strong rotation that’s under contract for a good while.

  9. PhilliesPhan - Jul 29, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    Phillies will not trade Werth. He will hit the free agent market in the offseason, but he will not be traded. I think that one of Ben Francisco MLB/John Mayberry AAA and Phillipe Aumont A+ and maybe Antonio Bastardo AAA are the guys in this deal. The Phillies need the Astros to eat some of that contract and there is no way in hell that the Phills will pick up that 2012 option. All of this could’ve been avoided by paying Cliff Lee the $9MM left on his contract for this year! Plus, Lee was the better pitcher to begin with and Halladay was coming whether we liked it or not.

  10. PhilliesPhan - Jul 29, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    Oh and Happ might be in on the deal as well. Philly phans do not want Oswalt. I know, cause I am one. We will warm up to him if he performs well, but this is not looking good for signing Werth in the offseason.

  11. Florida727 - Jul 29, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Werth has been trade bait all along, hasn’t he? I’m guessing that’s who’s going to Houston.

  12. Ari Collins - Jul 29, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    So the Phillies will commit more money for Oswalt (overall) than they would have for the superior Lee, plus give up a bigger package for Oswalt than they got for Lee. At least they have Oswalt into his mid-30s, though! Yay?

  13. moleman - Jul 29, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Werth does go as part of the package.

  14. walk - Jul 29, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Fairly valid point about houston being a band box but its not in same category as philly. Houston plays big to center its just left field thats short, those god awful crawford boxes. Philly plays short all the way around. I have no idea how their pitchers pitch so well there though. I believe moyer just took over all time lead in hrs allowed in what i would call a very good carrer. Matter of fact the fightins were down by nine runs tonight and actually fought back for a tie, i would go nuts there if i was pitching. You need a three touchdown lead to be safe.

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