Oswalt Headed to Philly?

oswalt 2.jpgThere is a report from Houston that the Astros have asked Roy Oswalt to waive his no-trade clause to accept a deal to the Phillies.

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It was on this day last year that Cliff Lee became a Phillie. I know Roy Oswalt is a wonderful pitcher and we need another arm with Moyer out but I’m not so excited about this for some reason – nothing against him. I suppose I just don’t like the aroma of change looming for the core of the team…especially now that they are playing like the AWESOME TEAM that they are again. It would be great to wake up and hear that Jayson Werth has been signed to a multi-year deal. With the Phillies.

I’m praying Oswalt says no!! I don’t want a 33 year old with Back problems eating up 16 million a year for the next 2 years. I want Werth for that money instead. Happover the next two year will be a better pitcher then Orwalt will be. Stupid move by RUbe.

7:37am: SI’s Jon Heyman hears the Astros and Phillies were discussing Happ, righty Vance Worley, and two younger pitchers (Twitter link). Worley, a 22-year-old righty, spent most of 2010 at Double A, posting a 3.20 ERA, 6.6 K/9, and 2.9 BB/9. Baseball America ranked him 18th among Phillies prospects heading into the season, predicting a future as a back-end starter or middle reliever.

I agree wholeheartedly with libertybelle. Something just doesn’t feel right about Oswalt. I remember the feeling when Lee came to the Phils. It just felt right and he just fit into the team so well. I think that’s why till this day people still are resentful about Lee’s trade. It think that it would be the same way with Werth’s leaving. It would be a great day to hear that Jayson Werth has been signed. Why mess with a good thing? I still am hoping. Barb/http:barbward.mlblogs.com

I for one am thrilled at the thought of 3 aces. Of course we all loved Cliff Lee and were sad to see him go. Outraged even. But that’s done. This will give us 3 aces like we wanted all along. Could it have been different with Lee here, yes. This to me is the Phillies going for it all this year and next year. I love that. If you want to beat the Yankees, Rays or Red Sox, you need a staff like this. If you are worried about his health, it hasn’t affected him yet this year. He has very good numbers, and his record is only a reflection of being on a bad team. GO PHILS, I LOVE IT!!

What doesn’t feel right about this Oswalt thing is the dripping sensation as in the Chinese water torture. Except it isn’t water dripping away, it is the future of the Phillies. Why not let the chips fall where they may this year and start reloading this next off season? But, who wants to reload with wet powder? What is the rush? I have no doubt that as currently constructed the Phillies are going to the post season this year. They may even win the NL pennant. They may even win the WS. Or they may not. And, if they don’t, so what? What about next year and the year after? Now is not the time to make major changes. It should have been done last off season. There is still time and opportunity to do it this next off season. Let’s do it then. We all know injuries are part of the game and there is no way to account for all of the possibilities over the course of a season. However, the Phillies are trying to address the the same issues this year that they attempted to address last year. They subtract Lee and add Halladay, more or less a wash. They do there utmost to rid themselves of Blanton and when the can’t they sign him to a multi-year extension. On and on and on. The Phillies problems are systemic not situational.

Halladay, Hamels and Oswalt could go a long way this October. Or not, since nothing is guaranteed. But Halladay, Hamels and Happ isn’t going anywhere in October. THAT, I can guarantee.
Make the deal!!

I hate to say it, but I have a feeling Oswalt throws one game and then goes DL with back pains for the rest of teh season. He’s no real ace, he’s an Aace on the Astros. I’d rather they get Myers if they need a pitcher that badly. Personally, I’m content with Halladay, Hammels, Happ, Blanton and Kendrick for this year. See what happens with Werth after the season, and if he goes, address the starting job in off season.

barbward: women’s intuition 😉

phan52: Exactly how do you know that Halladay, Hamels and Oswalt can go far but Halladay, Hamels and Happ cannot? Didn’t you just post that nothing is guaranteed? Therefore neither Halladay, Hamels and Oswalt going far or Halladay, Hamels and Happ not going far is guaranteed. You are such a blowhard.

pherris, I am saying that Oswalt doesn’t guarantee a WS, but it will go a long way. Happ? No chance. Nice player, but he was dancing between raindrops without getting wet last year. Check out his WHIP and BABIP. Oswalt is a stud and they now have a better top three than any team in baseball, including the Yankees.

phan52, Oswalt goes a long way, just as Halladay went a long way and Lee went a long way before him. Meanwhile, back on the farm, wait, I forgot, the Phillies don’t have to worry about the farm. Why? Because they will have given it away. Never though much of Ed Wade but he does seem to have an uncanny ability for picking the Phillies’ pockets. He did work with Dallas Green, didn’t he?

Wow, pherris. They got one of the best pitchers in the game for a #3 pitcher, and two high A players who are three years away from MAYBE playing in the Show.
If you think Ed Wade picked the Phillies pocket, you are living is some kind of alternate universe.

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