Oswalt Would Accept Trade To The Mets

Roy Oswalt would accept a trade to the Mets according to a "player who is friendly" with the Astros' ace, reports Mike Puma of The New York Post. The Mets' "veteran fiber" appeals to Oswalt according to Puma's source, however his hefty price tag makes it extremely unlikely the team will be able to pursue him.

Oswalt has indicated that he'll accept a trade anywhere he could contend, and the Mets are currently a game and a half back in the NL East. FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal indicated that the Amazin's would be reluctant to part with infield prospect Ruben Tejada in a trade, though it's still unclear what exactly the Astros are looking for in return.

The 32-year-old Oswalt is enjoying one of the finest seasons of his career, with a 3.16 ERA and 8.6 K/9, his highest mark since his rookie season. He's owed just a touch over $9M for the remainder of this season, plus $16M next year with an option for 2012.


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67 Comments on "Oswalt Would Accept Trade To The Mets"


5 years 2 months ago

good correction of the West to East haha

5 years 2 months ago

Oswalt would not be a good move for the Mets.

He’s owed too much money for too long. He has a history of injuries. The Mets already have too much long term money committed to players.

No doubt he’d offer a short term boost; however, the Mets should consider an investment in Oswalt over the term of his contract.

There are better moves for Minaya to make that could bolster the club’s starting pitching without a long term commit of $16M per year…

ReverendBlack
5 years 2 months ago

“He has a history of injuries.”

He hasn’t started fewer than 30 games since 2003.

Yankees420
5 years 2 months ago

You’re using “long term” and applying it to someone who’s only under contract through next season, if the Mets want anyone more short term they’d have to pick up a half season rental.

5 years 2 months ago

Oswalt would not be a good move for the Mets.

He’s owed too much money for too long. He has a history of injuries. The Mets already have too much long term money committed to players.

No doubt he’d offer a short term boost; however, the Mets should consider an investment in Oswalt over the term of his contract.

There are better moves for Minaya to make that could bolster the club’s starting pitching without a long term commit of $16M per year…

5 years 2 months ago

Why don’t teams go after pitchers earlier than the trade deadline…ala Milwaukee and CC Sabathia?
They always wait until the last few days and clearly that year for the Brewers, those extra games CC pitched made a difference.

I understand the team trading away their big pitcher wants to get the maximum quality back, but perhaps an early deal is worth it too.

ReverendBlack
5 years 2 months ago

Leverage.

adropofvenom
5 years 2 months ago

The buyers would, the sellers typically don’t want to sell until as late as possible, because you never know what team might lose a starter to an injury and have someone get desperate.

adropofvenom
5 years 2 months ago

The buyers would, the sellers typically don’t want to sell until as late as possible, because you never know what team might lose a starter to an injury and have someone get desperate.

Roy Munson
5 years 2 months ago

They Don’t have any trade chips, The Stros will want something in return, not just a salary dump. I don’t see it happening, the Mets don’t have much farm inventory that screams to me.

5 years 2 months ago

Um, they do have trade chips. Flores, Tejada, FMart. Mejia, Nieuwenheis, Holt, Havens. They likely wouldn’t trade them for an aging pitcher like Oswalt though.

5 years 2 months ago

Um, they do have trade chips. Flores, Tejada, FMart. Mejia, Nieuwenheis, Holt, Havens. They likely wouldn’t trade them for an aging pitcher like Oswalt though.

aap212
5 years 2 months ago

That’s just not true.

aap212
5 years 2 months ago

That’s just not true.

oremlk
5 years 2 months ago

Give me Flores, Familia, and Nieuwenhuis, and as an Astros fan, I’m happy. I’ll even pay some salary.

aap212
5 years 2 months ago

If they wanted Flores, they’d definitely have to pay some salary.

oremlk
5 years 2 months ago

Probably true, but never rule out a WTF move when it comes to Minaya.

aap212
5 years 2 months ago

True, especially since he’s fighting to keep his job, BUT he’s never really traded elite Latin homegrown talent. For all the rumors, Reyes and F-Mart have stuck around.

aap212
5 years 2 months ago

True, especially since he’s fighting to keep his job, BUT he’s never really traded elite Latin homegrown talent. For all the rumors, Reyes and F-Mart have stuck around.

adropofvenom
5 years 2 months ago

It doesn’t matter if they do pay salary…..they’re not getting Flores.

aap212
5 years 2 months ago

I’m pretty sure you’re right.

adropofvenom
5 years 2 months ago

It doesn’t matter if they do pay salary…..they’re not getting Flores.

aap212
5 years 2 months ago

If they wanted Flores, they’d definitely have to pay some salary.

oremlk
5 years 2 months ago

Give me Flores, Familia, and Nieuwenhuis, and as an Astros fan, I’m happy. I’ll even pay some salary.

Roy Munson
5 years 2 months ago

They Don’t have any trade chips, The Stros will want something in return, not just a salary dump. I don’t see it happening, the Mets don’t have much farm inventory that screams to me.

5 years 2 months ago

He should go to the Rangers to make up for their failed signing of Rich Harden. Also, it’ll still be in Texas.

Yankees420
5 years 2 months ago

Too many financial concerns for Texas to get him, plus Oswalt probably wouldn’t look as good playing half his games in their stadium.

ReverendBlack
5 years 2 months ago

Right. There’s no need to move Oswalt for salary reasons alone. You move him if and only if you get a quality return. That’s why I’ll be shocked if he goes anywhere. For most teams, he won’t be worth it.

The Mets are probably the one team you can never count out on the “are you kidding me” front, though.

Guest
5 years 2 months ago

Boom there you go. Do it.

Guest
5 years 2 months ago

Boom there you go. Do it.

amuro316
5 years 2 months ago

Ah, I like when people say the Mets have no farm system. It’s not hard really, to go look at the Mets farm team’s rosters and stats. Really. Don’t buy the Joel Sherman and Jon Heyman BS line against the Mets.

amuro316
5 years 2 months ago

Ah, I like when people say the Mets have no farm system. It’s not hard really, to go look at the Mets farm team’s rosters and stats. Really. Don’t buy the Joel Sherman and Jon Heyman BS line against the Mets.

Infield Fly
5 years 2 months ago

Yo, Omar!! – I mean Jeff Wilpon…I mean John Ricco…I mean whoever the hell is GM this week:….GET IT DONE!!!

Infield Fly
5 years 2 months ago

Yo, Omar!! – I mean Jeff Wilpon…I mean John Ricco…I mean whoever the hell is GM this week:….GET IT DONE!!!

aap212
5 years 2 months ago

I like Ruben Tejada, but he’s more valuable to a team with no clear shortstop, and he’s not someone that should stand in the way of shoring up the rotation.

souldrummer
5 years 2 months ago

Very much agree with you on this. The Mets need another rotation starter. Tejada plus a chip plus picking up the salary should get this done. I just have no idea how the Wilpons spend their money. They’ll go cheap on the draft yet spend money on Ollie. Who knows what they’ll do, but I think if the Mets pick up the money they are the best fit for Oswalt. The Mets need to look at the Phillies falling in the standings and realize that this is the year they can make some noise. They also need more ticket sales in that ballpark and Mets fans are really clamoring for some belief in common sense coming from the front office.

souldrummer
5 years 2 months ago

Very much agree with you on this. The Mets need another rotation starter. Tejada plus a chip plus picking up the salary should get this done. I just have no idea how the Wilpons spend their money. They’ll go cheap on the draft yet spend money on Ollie. Who knows what they’ll do, but I think if the Mets pick up the money they are the best fit for Oswalt. The Mets need to look at the Phillies falling in the standings and realize that this is the year they can make some noise. They also need more ticket sales in that ballpark and Mets fans are really clamoring for some belief in common sense coming from the front office.

Spirit of '69
5 years 2 months ago

New York Mets: Your 2010 season is before you.

Houston is going nowhere and their leverage shrinks by the day. They will either get top prospects (or an MLB ready player/pitcher) and have to pay a good bit of Oswalt’s salary, or, they’ll unload his salary and get the best they can among less than top prospects. The Mets absolutely can make this deal, the question is: are they willing to make this deal?

Count me as one fan who definitely wants Oswalt as part of a Big Three with Santana and Pelfrey. I would love to have Cliff Lee, but unless they’re really serious about trading top prospects for him and paying him Santana-like money, get Roy Oswalt while you can.

Spirit of '69
5 years 2 months ago

New York Mets: Your 2010 season is before you.

Houston is going nowhere and their leverage shrinks by the day. They will either get top prospects (or an MLB ready player/pitcher) and have to pay a good bit of Oswalt’s salary, or, they’ll unload his salary and get the best they can among less than top prospects. The Mets absolutely can make this deal, the question is: are they willing to make this deal?

Count me as one fan who definitely wants Oswalt as part of a Big Three with Santana and Pelfrey. I would love to have Cliff Lee, but unless they’re really serious about trading top prospects for him and paying him Santana-like money, get Roy Oswalt while you can.

AceReno
5 years 2 months ago

Oswalt! Get it done!

icedrake523
5 years 2 months ago

While the money left on Oswalt’s contract is a bit much, he’s still a very good pitcher and having Santana-Oswalt-Pelfrey at the front end would be a very nice luxury since it means only 1 rotation spot is crapshoot.

The thing I hate though is that they balk at the price, which is a lot, but they had no problems putting $2M down the drain to get a terrible player like Matthews. It’s even worse that they gave up Stokes who was a fine reliever. He’s not having a good season now but I’d still rather him and the $2M than the 2 months they got from Matthews.

icedrake523
5 years 2 months ago

While the money left on Oswalt’s contract is a bit much, he’s still a very good pitcher and having Santana-Oswalt-Pelfrey at the front end would be a very nice luxury since it means only 1 rotation spot is crapshoot.

The thing I hate though is that they balk at the price, which is a lot, but they had no problems putting $2M down the drain to get a terrible player like Matthews. It’s even worse that they gave up Stokes who was a fine reliever. He’s not having a good season now but I’d still rather him and the $2M than the 2 months they got from Matthews.

East Coast Bias
5 years 2 months ago

IF the Mets try to obtain Oswalt, I would assume it reduces their efforts to getting Cliff Lee in free agency. I doubt they could afford both, so a decision must be made relatively soon. Give up prospects + $ for 1.5 years of Oswalt (plus maybe an extension?) or Throw the most $ at Lee and try to sign him via free agency.

Hmm…

oremlk
5 years 2 months ago

One thing to consider is Oswalt is probably a lot cheaper than Lee. I could see Lee getting Sabathia money. Look at the contract Lackey signed, and he is not as good as Oswalt or anywhere NEAR as good as Lee.

ReverendBlack
5 years 2 months ago

Cheaper in terms of dollars only. He’s potentially much more expensive on balance, given the costs of prospects and the duration of his contract.

ReverendBlack
5 years 2 months ago

Cheaper in terms of dollars only. He’s potentially much more expensive on balance, given the costs of prospects and the duration of his contract.

oremlk
5 years 2 months ago

One thing to consider is Oswalt is probably a lot cheaper than Lee. I could see Lee getting Sabathia money. Look at the contract Lackey signed, and he is not as good as Oswalt or anywhere NEAR as good as Lee.

East Coast Bias
5 years 2 months ago

IF the Mets try to obtain Oswalt, I would assume it reduces their efforts to getting Cliff Lee in free agency. I doubt they could afford both, so a decision must be made relatively soon. Give up prospects + $ for 1.5 years of Oswalt (plus maybe an extension?) or Throw the most $ at Lee and try to sign him via free agency.

Hmm…