Roy Oswalt Open To Trade

Pitcher Roy Oswalt says he's open to being traded if it helps the Astros rebuild.  Oswalt spoke candidly on the matter in an interview with Rob Dibble and Jim Memolo on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM.

"When you get to a point where you need to start rebuilding they're going to start with a guy that's got a lot of value and I understand that if I'm throwing well that they maybe can get two or three guys that can fill holes that they need.  I told them from the very beginning when they get to that point I would be open to [being traded]."

The 32-year-old righty explained that if traded, he would want to go to a  "true contender".  Oswalt's deal, which calls for him to earn a combined $31MM in this season and next, has a full no-trade clause.

Jayson Stark of ESPN recently reported that a friend of Oswalt believes the hurler's preferred destinations are Texas, St. Louis, and Atlanta, though it's hard to imagine any of those teams being a fit.  Meanwhile, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports believes that Oswalt might be the best starter available at this year's trade deadline.

When asked by Memolo how much longer he planned on pitching, Oswalt responded that he would assess his future in two years.  Oswalt's contract holds a $16MM club option for 2012 with a relatively meager $2MM buyout.


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105 Comments on "Roy Oswalt Open To Trade"


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5 years 1 month ago

Padres?

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Ry_the_Stunner
5 years 1 month ago

Oswalt said he wanted to go to a true contender. Despite the Padres leading the NL, I don’t think they’re a “true contender”. Aside from that, the Padres were prepared to dump their big salaries this year once they fell out of contention. If they do manage to stay in contention, I can’t imagine them adding a big contract in their roster to boost the one aspect of their team that is their strongest suit.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

“Despite the Padres leading the NL, I don’t think they’re a “true contender”. Head asplode. Tell that to the Yankees and Twins.

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ReverendBlack
5 years 1 month ago

What? There is no contradiction there. The case that the Padres are not likely contenders is easy to make. The case that the Yankees are not likely contenders is very difficult to make.

Short & sweet: for the Padres to make the playoffs, just about everything will have to go right for them (very few significant injuries, most players playing at or above potential). For the Yankees to fail to make the playoffs, just about everything will have to go wrong.

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Rothben
5 years 1 month ago

How about the Tigers? maybe a Guillen, Ramirez, and Figaro for Oswalt and some other A or AA Prospect. That would work out well for everyone, Guillen started his career there, and might be willing to come back. If Oswalt really wants to go to a contender, they would be the best bet to go after a starter.

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Motor_City_Bombshell
5 years 1 month ago

Great idea, not a good enough package. Carlos isn’t a proven outfielder and his health issues the past couple seasons hurts him. He’s also aging, I don’t see how he could be a guy the Astros want. Ramirez has some trade value, and Figaro has zero, his numbers in the majors are not very good, and I can’t picture the Astros wanting him in a package. He also got lit up in a start against Houstom last year. I also feel like getting a guy of offensive calibur may be the direction the Tigers turn to, but:

1. Verlander
2. Porcello
3. Oswalt
4. Scherzer
5. Willis

That’s a sick rotation.

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jphenix2002
5 years 1 month ago

I would love to see the Tigers grab Oswalt but I don’t see where we have the pieces to get him. I think Detroit would have an easier time grabbing Carlos Lee for some offensive punch, though I personally wouldn’t like Detroit trading for him.

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oedipussc
5 years 1 month ago

Dodgers. Please?

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Ferrariman
5 years 1 month ago

i can see him going to the yankees with how badly vasquez is struggling. their really the only team i can think of that would be willing to absorb that type of contract.

only problem is their farm system isn’t really that good outside of montero who i doubt they give up.

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TheX
5 years 1 month ago

Wow.

1) With how well the rest of our rotation is pitching Vasquez is our #5 starter. You don’t plug a hole in your #5 spot by trading for an Oswalt.
2) Vasquez is gonna get better – he’s not this bad. His last start was quite encouraging.
3) Reports have said that we offered Montero straight up for Halladay last year. So you’re right, I doubt we’d trade him for Oswalt (Halladay >>> Oswalt)
4) Romine is a legit prospect, Corban Joeseph is intriguing, we’ve got some decent arms in Banuelos, Heredia, and McAllister. Plus Stoneburner’s been amazing. Our farm system isn’t as bad as it’s made out to be.

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dire straits
5 years 1 month ago

Because Yankees were willing trade Montero for Halladay straight up, doesn’t mean that his value is actually that high.

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ReverendBlack
5 years 1 month ago

lol “our”

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

Vazquez, after skipping a start to work on his mechanics, pitched well (7 IP, 2 ER, 7K) yesterday against the Tigers. It’s too early for the Yankees to give up on him and move him to the bullpen.

I don’t think they would trade Montero since they were reluctant to offer him for Roy Halladay.

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lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 1 month ago

Remember, part of that was that Montero would be going to a division rival. Hed be going to the NL. However, if I were the Astros, I wouldnt take Montero unless they felt he could handle 1b everyday…

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TheX
5 years 1 month ago

sry double post

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TheX
5 years 1 month ago

How many MLB quality players can’t handle 1B – especially ones that are as young as Montero? If Adam Dunn can “handle” it, Montero will easily as well. Question is whether he can continue as a catcher….

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

The Yankees are going to continue to develop Montero as a catcher. His defense has improved slightly lately over his early abysmal start at AAA. Right now, the organization has a lot invested in Montero to be Posada’s successor. His value to the Yankees is a lot higher than to what other teams view him as.

I feel it’s too early for the Yankees to trade for Oswalt and his attached salary. Why have so much money committed to three guys in CC, Burnett, and Oswalt (the latter too being injury-risks) over the next two and a half years?

Javy Vazquez may be turning a corner after his recent encouraging outing while the Yankees’ other four starters are rock solid. Even with the struggles of Vazquez, the team has posted a very good win record.

TBH…Francisco Cervelli has been doing a pretty good job in limited catching duties thus far. If the Yankees were to trade Montero (because there is no room for him), I’d much rather they get some young promising prospects in return.

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BentoBox
5 years 1 month ago

The Yankees’ farm system isn’t as bad as people are making it to be. Seriously.

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Ferrariman
5 years 1 month ago

and its not as good as some yankee fans want to hype it up to be. seriously.

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BentoBox
5 years 1 month ago

Eh, believe it or not, I hate the MFY’s.

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5 years 1 month ago

“only problem is their farm system isn’t really that good outside of montero”

Well… no.

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bbxxj
5 years 1 month ago

Hanson
Hudson
Oswalt
Jurrjens
Lowe

Would be sick but would never happen.

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Ferrariman
5 years 1 month ago

whats sicker is

carpenter
wainwright
oswalt
penny
garcia

likewise..will never happen.

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rockiesmagicnumber
5 years 1 month ago

Sicker than that?

Ubaldo Jimenez
Roy Oswalt
Jorge De La Rosa
Jhoulys Chacin
Jeff Francis

ok it’s not that sick.

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BentoBox
5 years 1 month ago

Lincecum
Oswalt
Cain
Sanchez
Zito

Woo hoo.

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jwsox
5 years 1 month ago

the giants dont need more pitching they NEED hitting…plus the one guy they would have to move is bumgardner(sp?) and he is slipping out of everyones including the giants

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lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 1 month ago

or…KershawOswaltBillingsleyKurodaPadillabetter than the Rockies.. could actually happen

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jwsox
5 years 1 month ago

the dodgers wont becuase of the mccourts there is simply no money to take on that type of contract

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lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 1 month ago

yea, i know :/

Well, i just have to wait for the divorce to force them to sell the team…

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jwsox
5 years 1 month ago

who ever buys that team will find them selves a nice little gold mine…a top team with a solid young core…I dont get it…the teams makes a ton of money yet they dont have any money to invest on the team

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lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 1 month ago

If the Dodgers get an owner who is willing to spend money, they could have a VERY good team for a long time. The McCourts shouldnt be MLB owners. Selig BS’d the rules for a new owner to prevent Cuban or Broad from buying this team. They bought the team completely on credit. Then, instead of paying the loans back, they went on a shopping spree, owning 4 homes that are over 20M, and they own multiple more(for example, the judge recently ordered them to sell a home in Mexico that is valued at 7M that was a vacation home for them.) They stayed in debt and lived well beyond their means. Hell, they have their sons on the Dodger payroll even though one is still in college and one is a lawyer at a lawfirm. Jaime made over 2M a year and Im sure Frank made more… They kept their puppet at the GM spot instead of the much-more-accomplished Ng or Wallach. Ugh, I cant wait for them to sell this team…One more thing, during this divorce, Frank is staying at a Beverly Hills Hotel called the Montage and is paying.. are you ready? 30K a month, and that includes no meals. Hell, sometime last year, he spent 50K on clothes… in ONE MONTH. These people have no idea how to deal with money and are playing with the future of a very accomplished MLB franchise, and are on the brink of ruining this team..

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vtadave
5 years 1 month ago

The Dodgers could easily afford Oswalt. All they’d have to do is add an extra year and get Roy to agree to defer his salary over 20 years.

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lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 1 month ago

touche… that’s the only way haha

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

better than rockies? what are you smoking mr yankeesdodgerslakers everyone cant stop talking about how awful the dodgers rotation is and will likely be for the rest

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lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 1 month ago

That’s because ‘everyone’ has no idea what they are talking about. The Rockies have 3 guys in that rotation that are question marks to handle the whole season.. or be healthy at all.

The Dodgers have a young guy who struggles with control(kershaw), a pitcher who struggled with mechanics and has since put it together, a vet who has an ERA around 2.7 and never walks a hitter, a crazy Nicaraguan who needs to get healthy, and a rookie who has similar control to Kuroda…

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ReverendBlack
5 years 1 month ago

“That’s because ‘everyone’ has no idea what they are talking about.”

qft

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dire straits
5 years 1 month ago

It doesn’t even look that great. Padilla, really?

Why bother?

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lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 1 month ago

Why did I put Padilla? Because Im not an idiot and realize Torre and Colletti will give him 10 starts when he comes back before admitting giving him 5M was a bad idea..

Also, I dont think Ely is THIS good…

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

wheres aaron cook?

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rockiesmagicnumber
5 years 1 month ago

durrrr how did I forget Cookie, of course Cookie

Ubaldo
Oswalt
Cookie
Chacin
DLR

well I think it’s good

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jwsox
5 years 1 month ago

awesome but cards dont have a farm system after the holliday trade

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Ferrariman
5 years 1 month ago

absolutely agree. but it won’t take a ton to get oswalt if the astros won’t eat a lot of salary. probably just 1 top 100 prospect+ 1 low level “intriguing” guy.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

I think the only way the Braves would trade for Oswalt would be if the Astros took back Lowe. So it would be something like Lowe + a pack of prospects for Oswalt.

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redsandyanksfan
5 years 1 month ago

The whole reason in trading him is getting prospects and moving his salary not taking on more

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

You would take on Lowe’s salary in order to get more prospects back.

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redsandyanksfan
5 years 1 month ago

yeah but that would be foolish , Roy Oswalt if completely healthy can still fetch a good couple prospects it wont be like major ones but the only way i do that is if i get kris medlen,jordan schaffer as a starting point but i dont know alot about alanta’s farm

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NYBravosFan10
5 years 1 month ago

I wouldn’t say never in my opinion. Remember he said that he would accept a trade to the Braves. And with attendance slightly up this year the organization has to be making more money. But I would rather use the money to extend Escobar and Jurrjens. They both will need that soon. You never know though. We do tend to bring in players that want to play for us.