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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 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’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.


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If this involves Happ, I do not like the move at all. Oswalt is old, injury prone with recurring back issues and has a bad attitude towards the media, which to me, means he shies from pressure. Happ is younger, cheaper, composed and frankly, has pitched as well as Oswalt. This feels to me like making a move for the sake of making a move so Ruben can say he did something. This is going to be a BIG mistake if they trade Happ for Oswalt. I smell another Freddie Garcia here…


Jenn, seriously, how can you say Happ is as good as Oswalt? Oswalt is arguably one of the top ten pitchers in MLB, certainly the NL. Don’t let your homerism and distrust of Amaro get in the way of being happy to get Oswalt. I like Happ and I think he has gotten a bit of a raw deal in the last couple of seasons. But he is not Roy Oswalt.

I think the fans in Philadelphia who are upset about this trade don’t understand what they are getting here. Happ is a very good, young pitcher, but he was lucky last year (check out the stat called BABIP and you’ll understand). I think the fans in Philly are just Phillies fans and not a fan of the game, in general. If they were, they’d understand that Oswalt is one of the top-15 to -20 pitchers in baseball over the past 5 to 6 years. Plus, Happ is only 4 years younger so it’s not THAT big of a difference in age.

The only thing that concerns me is that Oswalt has a history of injury. But if the Phillies are getting $12MM in the deal, it’s almost a free superstar next year. Going into the playoffs with a rotation of Halladay-Oswalt-Hamels the next 2 years is scary and every NL team is shaking right now. That is the best 1-2-3 in baseball, bar none.

Phan: I agree that Oswalt has been everything you say in the past. The question is, however, who will be the better pitcher this year, next year and the year after (and in Happ’s case the next 10 years or so). I agree with Jenn that Happ will be the better pitcher in that time frame. We need players today and tomorrow, not yesterday.

I totally agree, Jenn. What more can they put Happ through: last year he pitched brilliantly while his name kept being mentioned through the Halladay rumors, after losing his starting spot to Chan Ho Park out of spring. Once he got his spot in the rotation, he did a great job, never backing down from hitters. Then in the post season, he got screwed again and booted back to the pen. He did everything that was asked of him, never complained and showed enormous maturity. What more could you ask for? There is something special about him… I will be a fan of his no matter where he plays because he has earned my respect. What about you, Ruben?

Jonny, I don’t care if Oswalt ” is one of the top-15 to -20 pitchers in baseball over the past 5 to 6 years” I need him to pitch this year and next year. Cy Young was the best pitcher ever, I still wouldn’t trade for him today as he can’t help me (hint: He’s dead) The trick is to get players who will be amongst the top 1- pitchers for the next 5-6 years and Happ may be one of them

oops, that should read amongst the top 15-20 pitchers for the next 5=6 years. Sorry

I keep seeing comments that this trade is not for today and tomorrow, but based on the past and that he’s injury prone. Oswalt is having a fine season, and hasn’t missed a start. He is STILL a top 10 pitcher in the NL, probably top 15 in all of MLB. Two postseasons with these 3 guys at the top of our rotation is worth any prospects we need to trade and even though I like Happ, this trade is almost a steal for the Phils. Also, everybody is worried about no prospects, but as they continue to win, they will continue to spend and bring in quality players whether home grown or free agents.

I do not like this deal, and I AM a baseball fan, not just a Phillies fan. Oswalt has too many injuries. He’s already had 4 cortisone shots this year. How will he handle October if he’s having trouble in July? I would rather the Phils go after someone like Greinke.

Phan52: Last year, Oswalt was 8-6 with a 4.12 ERA. Happ was 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA. Happ has only pitched 3 games this year, so I do not think it is fair to compare those stats, although he has a 1.76 ERA in those 3 games. So, as for 2009, even if you add in the dreaded ?sophomore slump? for Happ, he still at least matches Oswalt. So no, he is not Oswalt; he is the younger, cheaper version who also does not have major back issues.
By the way, didn?t Amaro say the whole reason for the Lee deal was to replenish the farm system? So, now he is going to deplete that very same farm system for a less capable pitcher than Lee? Because you know it won?t just be Happ; talent from the farm system will be going too. If he was going to trash the farm system for Oswalt, why didn?t he just keep Lee? Just sayin’.

THis just in from Rosenthal: Roy Oswalt agreed to wave his no-trade clause, a source said Thursday, clearing the way for the coveted ace to be traded from the Houston Astros to the Philadelphia Phillies. confirmed Wednesday that the two teams had agreed to a deal, which was first reported by Fox 26 in Houston, that only hinged on Oswalt’s approval of the deal. According to a source, the Phillies will send J.A. Happ, minor-league outfielder Anthony Gose and minor-league shortstop Jonathan Villan to the Astros in exchange for Oswalt

Oswalt is a three-time All-Star and has finished in the top five of the National League MVP voting five times in 10 career seasons, all with the Astros. The two-time 20-game winner is having his worst season record-wise at 6-12. His 3.42 ERA was 18th in the National League at the start of Thursday’s play.

It’s official, Just released we got Oswalt for Happ, GOse and Villar

I would really like to know if Kyle Kendrick’s name came up during trade negotiations. Whether the Phils offered him and the Astros rejected him or the Astros asked for him and the Phils refused to part with him. If the Astro’s weren’t interested, it would say a lot about what they think of our healthy #5 starter compared to the #4 starter coming off the DL after 3 months of re-habbing forearm tightness in his pitching arm……..

The Phils will need a legitimate DH if they expect to win a WSC this year. Bautista could easily fill that role, but so could Adam Dunn or Miguel Tejada

How serious are the Phillies in trading for Bautista? Also, do you think that Oswalt’s signing will cause Atlanta to trade for Bautista?

Excellent job by RAJ to rectify trading Lee and trading for Oswalt. Nice to know that our top 3 starters are H2O (Halladay, Hamels, Oswalt…..can’t take credit for that heard Michael Barkann say it on the pregame show).

Thrilled to see Valdez get the walk-off win tonight. He had a great game defensively and it was icing on the cake for him. Wow! 2 1/2 back from being 7 games back just a week ago🙂

I really don’t understand how a guy who has averaged 32 starts and 210+ innings over the last six years is injury prone.
Get a grip people. This is a great deal. This gives us a chance to play and win another WS this year. Why are you worried about losing a #3 starter, at best BTW, and two guys who aren’t going to play in the major leagues until 2013, if at all. We have Halladay, Hamels and Oswalt for at least through next season, and maybe longer.

HOw about a guy named Ibanez as the DH with Werth is LF and Brown in RF? Or, if you prefer, keep Ibanez in LF and DH Brown.

to put this trade in perspective:
But we basicaly gave up Cliff Lee, Happ, Gose, and Villar for Oswalt, Aumont, Gillies, Ramirez and $11 million . Is that a good deal?? I wouldn’t have made it if given the choice

I think this is a case where Ruben is thinking he’s Brian Cashman and he has to go out there and pursue the top dollar free agents to satisfy his appetite for more. First, it was Halladay and although I am glad that happened, I don’t want to see the Phillies turn into the Yankees of the National League and I think that is what has happened.

Now, the Phillies have three legitimate pitchers you could call an ‘Ace’. This is never how the team did business. Cliff Lee does such a marvelous job for the team but he is traded away like yesterday’s newspaper and he could have been on the team this year? I am still scratching my head over that one.

The goal of every player is to win a World Series, Oswalt and Halladay are getting older fast, and they want to win a W.S., they wouldn’t be playing in Philadelphia if they didn’t believe that this is their best chance to do it.

Now can the Phillies win with all of this bolstered pitching? We’ll find out in the months to come.


Where do we go for up-to-the-minute reports on Phillies’ news? MLB’s team beat writer? Nope. We get a story from noon Thursday with names that weren’t traded.
I kept clicking the header, thinking I must have the page loaded from yesterday.

Wherefore art thou, Todd?

Junior is starting to redeem himself for the Cliff Lee debacle from a budget standpoint, at least. It seems the Astros are eating $11 million of Oswalt ‘s contract. This wipes out the cost of Oswalt this year and the Phillies make money based on the remainder owed to Happ. Next year the Phillies get Oswalt for $10 million. The only thing which needs to be said in this regard is that the Phillies will pay Joe Blanton $10.5 million in 2011. Either Junior got snookered by Ed Wade or Ed Wade did Oswalt a big favor.

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