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The ball remains in Roy Oswalt‘s court.
The Astros have a deal in place to trade Oswalt to the Phillies. Oswalt just needs to waive his no-trade clause, a person close to the negotiations told MLB.com. The teams have agreed upon the amount of money from Oswalt’s contract the Astros will absorb and the players Houston will get in return.
It is widely believed J.A. Happ will be in the deal.
The Astros have liked Class A Lakewood first baseman Jonathan Singleton, but the Phillies have been reluctant to give him up. There are reports the Astros are kicking in anywhere from $10 to $12 million to make the deal happen, indicating a top prospect like Singleton could be included. But FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal has reported that Singleton is NOT in the deal. Vance Worley‘s name also has been mentioned, but that has not been confirmed.
Oswalt is owed about $5 million this year and will make $16 million next season in the last year of his contract. But there is a club option for 2012 that would pay him another $16 million. He said last week the option wouldn’t be an issue when it came to approving a trade.