Money Might Keep Mets From Pursuing Oswalt

Every team in baseball would like to add Roy Oswalt to its rotation, but some of them simply won't be able to afford the $33MM left on his contract. The Mets might be one of those clubs according to Mike Puma of The New York Post, who says the team is reluctant to eat even the $1.8MM they owe to Gary Matthews Jr.

The Astros' ace said that he would be willing to waive his no trade clause if the helped the team rebuild. The caveat is that he also wants to go to a "true contender," and it's up to him to decide if the Mets fit the bill. They came into the night 18-17, three games behind the Phillies in the NL East. 

Oswalt, 32, has a 2.63 ERA and an 8.4 K/9 in seven starts this year, numbers like what he put up in his mid-to-late 20's. Mets' starters have a 4.25 ERA, basically middle of the back, but Oliver Perez is struggling and Mike Pelfrey recently dealt with some shoulder fatigue. We looked at their top trade chips last month.


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36 Comments on "Money Might Keep Mets From Pursuing Oswalt"


icedrake523
5 years 3 months ago

So they don’t want to eat Matthews’ contract or possibly add Oswalt’s contract, but they are interested in buying one of the most irrelevant teams in sports (ie the Islanders).

5 years 3 months ago

haha don’t believe everything you hear. Charles B Wang (owner of the Islanders) spoke to me (in a crowd, not personally) today and said the team is not going to queens, KC, or being sold so forget it.
If the mets office wants to contend, they’ll have to eat Perez contract at some point this year and release him.

Just_MLB
5 years 3 months ago

yeah he also told a ton of CA employees there would be no layoffs…
6 months later, u know the routine

Just_MLB
5 years 3 months ago

yeah he also told a ton of CA employees there would be no layoffs…
6 months later, u know the routine

Mark P
5 years 3 months ago

Considering that Fernando Martinez is not only off to a bad start, but is now on the DL, you have to think they are hurting for tradeable pieces.

East Coast Bias
5 years 3 months ago

That kid is always injured!

Just_MLB
5 years 3 months ago

he really should star in the next final destination…

i have to think it would be a baseball related scene..

Fernando Martinez runs for a fly ball and trips over a garden hose and runs headfirst into Mike Jacob’s foot

Career Over

5 years 3 months ago

So they can’t even eat $1.8m? Guess that means Perez has a spot on the team all the year

SELL THE TEAM

Infield Fly
5 years 3 months ago

That’s pretty much my mantra now, dude!

East Coast Bias
5 years 3 months ago

Regardless if a trade takes place or not, Ollie Perez should not be pitching anymore. Move Takahashi to a starter and send Ollie down to the bullpen or the minors. For good!

Infield Fly
5 years 3 months ago

I hate to say this my friend, but back in the spring when you were seeing good things ahead for him…well, I tried to tell you. It’s a proven fact that inside every “good Ollie” is a Bad Ollie just waiting to take over! :-((

East Coast Bias
5 years 3 months ago

It’s like I’m in an abusive relationship. I keep going back thinking he will change.

adropofvenom
5 years 3 months ago

Am I the only one that fails to see any sort of connection between them “not wanting to eat” the money due to GMJ, and their ability to add other contracts to the payroll? They have nothing to do with each other, they’re separate issues. They don’t save any money by keeping GMJ on the roster as opposed to cutting them. He’s due the same amount of money either way.

Nevermind that his belief that the Mets would eat that money is nothing more then speculation to begin with. Matthews (who yes, sucks) is the only man on the roster, besides Pagan, who can play Centerfield (that’s healthy), and the only real option they have in the minors is Jason Pridie, who isn’t exactly the most accomplished option himself. When Beltran comes back, Matthews will be gone. Until then, he stays. Not that complicated.

As for Oswalt. I like him, the declining peripherials scare me though.

5 years 3 months ago

Hmm? Oswalt’s peripherals are up this year. 8.44 K/9, 2.44 BB/9. He’s still throwing 92.9, just a shade under his career fastball velocity. His GB% is down, but that’s about it.

adropofvenom
5 years 3 months ago

Sample size, my friend.

7 starts doesn’t exactly undo 5 years of declining peripherals.

5 years 3 months ago

His peripherals haven’t shown any kind of consistent pattern of decline, though, if you’re talking about strikeout rate, walk rate, etc. 2008-2009 were somewhat down years in terms of his results, but his K/BB was just slightly below his career levels, not to any statistically significant amount.

And if you look at ’08-’09 there was one big difference: Miguel Tejada was the shortstop. Now that he has decent defense behind him again his numbers seem to be rebounding.

bjsguess
5 years 3 months ago

Couldn’t you replace virtually any team with the Mets in this headline? That’s a lot of scratch for a player like Oswalt.Dealt with injuries last year and an ERA over 4 in the rather pedestrian NL Central. He’s 32 this year and is due to make 2/$33m. I’m not sure who is lining up to take on this contract. Last check $16m/year is pretty spendy. That’s Lackey/Burnett type money. And last check, the Red Sox and Yankees don’t seem to be in a position to drop another $16m for a pitcher. The Mets need him but their payroll is already bloated. Phils don’t have money. Dodgers won’t spend the money. Maybe the Mariners are a possibility – though they should be spending money on a bat.If he continues to deal this year then someone will step up and take that on. I just don’t know who. Also, doubt the Astros get much of anything in return outside of salary relief.

The_Silver_Stacker
5 years 3 months ago

The Mets gladly trade for GMJ and his contract, but would not be willing to add Roy Oswalt? no wonder the Mets have gone down hill since 2006

Brian
5 years 3 months ago

Newsflash… the Mets didn’t trade for GMJ’s contract. They’re only paying him $2MM, and that’s over 2 years.

souldrummer
5 years 3 months ago

That’s 2million too much. He’s awful and an outmachine. Can’t pinch hit and can’t play every day.

Just_MLB
5 years 3 months ago

honestly, id rather see Mejia go down to the minors, get stretched out to start…work on his command and off-speed stuff…and come back in September when the rosters expand.

I always thought Omar was going to go this route of trading for a starter if it looked like it would take them over the top. But their hitting woes outweigh their pitching woes by alot now. If by August they have Beltran back in full swing…and either have Francour develop discipline or be replaced by Pagan, I think this alone will solve most of their problems.
they are really missing the balance in their lineup that a switch hitter like Beltran brings.

Moving him into the 4 spot and keeping Davis in the 6 spot and plugging in Wright/Bay in the 3/5 hole gives them a pretty deep lineup. Move Barajas to 7 and Platoon Pagan/Francour at 8 and u have speed and power from 1-8.

Lineup appears like this

Reyes
Castillo
Wright
Beltran
Bay
Davis
Barajas
Francour/Pagan

souldrummer
5 years 3 months ago

From what I’ve seen at Amazin’ Avenue it looks like the Mets should be willing to have Carter take up some of Frenchy’s at bats at well. Would they consider moving Mejiia for 3 years of Oswalt. That seems more like the kind of thing the Yankees would do. Mejiia needs to be free from Mets’ jail, though. They are becoming a national joke with how they are misusing him. Not that this Nationals fan is complaining.

Just_MLB
5 years 3 months ago

o lord…nationals get on a nice little run and now their little fans are poppin sh*t…
don’t worry, we’ll fire jerry, make mejia a starter so he can strike u out for 7 innings instead of 1 and return the spotlight back to NY before u guys stay over .500 over the course of a full season

melonis_rex
5 years 3 months ago

Really looks nice when you’re paying Alex Cora 2MM, Francoeur 5MM, and GMJ 1.8MM. That’s about 9MM of the 15MM Oswalt is owed.

And I’m not even getting started on the ridiculous deals given out to K-Rod, Ollie, and even Bay to an extent.

souldrummer
5 years 3 months ago

Certainly the Mets FO is Team Chaos with their penchant for ugly deals. They are getting close to the point where they going to have to DFA Ollie. I don’t see what pieces if any the Mets have to give up. Fernando Martinez is the name that pops up here but he’s not having that strong a start in the IL and he’s on the DL right now.

optionn
5 years 3 months ago

In the grand scheme of modern baseball salaries- 33 million is peanuts compared to the money that free agent pitchers get. Its still a hell of a lot of money, but teams have no problem throwing it around and giving an ace pitcher 20 million a year for 4 years.

I’m not sure Oswalt has any value outside of a straight salary dump though. As for Gary Matthews- the Angels ate a ton of money and just got rid of him. That should have been a clear signal what they thought of him.

MProto
5 years 3 months ago

Why on earth would a team going nowhere want to add another past-his-prime overpaid pitcher?

MProto
5 years 3 months ago

Why on earth would a team going nowhere want to add another past-his-prime overpaid pitcher?

thepadsquad
5 years 3 months ago

If the Astros are willing to eat 5 million of roy’s salary cold the pads be a spot? Maybe a package of young and durango or cunningham.

Ferrariman
5 years 3 months ago

even if the astros ate 5 million, oswalt would still be the highest paid player on the padres team. not a chance.

Ferrariman
5 years 3 months ago

even if the astros ate 5 million, oswalt would still be the highest paid player on the padres team. not a chance.

thepadsquad
5 years 3 months ago

If the Astros are willing to eat 5 million of roy’s salary cold the pads be a spot? Maybe a package of young and durango or cunningham.

Trious
5 years 3 months ago

He is a highly paid, injury prone stud that should be acquired if a team needs a #2 or #3 pitcher

He is a GREAT SP

Trious
5 years 3 months ago

He is a highly paid, injury prone stud that should be acquired if a team needs a #2 or #3 pitcher

He is a GREAT SP

thepadsquad
5 years 3 months ago

While it was dreaming on my part, I think Chris Young is owed around 5 mil. So that combined with the money the astros would be sending the padres, it would end up being around 6 mil for the first year i think. But, now that i think about it, since the padres won’t be getting any money the second year i would rather them spend the money for either locking up A-Gon or getting Blanks and Cabrera signed long term.

Ferrariman
5 years 3 months ago

not necessarily.

if the astros just want a salary dump, im sure they would settle for some borderline fringe prospect. now if they want a legit prospect, im sure the astros would have to eat some of the salary.