July 29, 2010
The Astros and Phillies have agreed to terms on a Roy Oswalt(notes) trade, according to a report from Houston's FOX 26. Ken Rosenthal confirmed the story on Thursday morning. We're apparently just waiting for the right-hander to decide if he's willing to waive his no-trade and load up the bulldozer for the long drive north.
If the deal goes down, the 32-year-old Oswalt would move to somewhat less-friendly home park, but this would be an overwhelming win in terms of run-support. The Astros have somehow managed to score two runs or less in 12 of Oswalt's 20 starts this year. They've actually been shutout in three of his four July starts. Oswalt's ratios have been excellent — 3.42 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 8.37 K/9 — yet his record is just 6-12. There's no obvious reason for his fantasy owners to fear a move to Philly. The rest-of-season schedule isn't too intimidating — there's even a four-game series against the Astros in late-August.
According to SI's Jon Heyman, the package of players shipped to Houston in an Oswalt deal may include LHP JA Happ(notes) and Triple-A RHP Vance Worley. Various other names have surfaced elsewhere, though, so we need to reserve judgment on this thing. If the Astros can extract Happ-plus-prospects from the Phillies, that seems like a fair return — so fair, in fact, that it would be reasonable to assume that Houston is also sending a pile of cash. In all likelihood, fantasy owners won't be jumping on any of the new Astros, Happ included. (He would inherit Oswalt's old run-support situation, but can't offer the same strikeout rate).
For now, we wait. Let's get this thing done, Roy. Sign on the line which is dotted.
Late Update: OK, by now you know the details of this thing. If I were an Astros fan — at a minimum, that would require a full-time return to these uniforms — then Brett Wallace(notes) and Happ would be enough to at least keep me engaged. Wallace, 23, is a high-level prospect of interest (18 HR, .301/.359/.509 at Triple-A). I've added him in a deep mixer, hoping for a Lance Berkman(notes) trade.
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