Roy Oswalt’s Name Enters The Fray

Here’s a new one: could Roy Oswalt be traded in the next 18 hours?

According to the Baltimore Sun:

"Several industry sources confirmed the Orioles and Astros are negotiating dealing Tejada for third baseman Morgan Ensberg, shortstop Adam Everett and Oswalt, 28, who has already won 91 major-league games."

The O’s have said they are looking for established Major Leaguers in return for their superstar shortstop, and Oswalt fits the bill.  Baltimore would have to have competitive designs for the 2007 season, as Oswalt is a free agent after that.

According to Value Over Replacement Player, Oswalt has been the fourth best pitcher in the league this season.  Last year he ranked fifth in VORP.  It’s tough to see how the Astros would win this year with no dependable starters behind Roger Clemens.  Perhaps a Rodrigo Lopez type pitcher would come to Houston in the unlikely event Oswalt is dealt. 

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