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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  1. good correction of the West to East haha

    • 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 ago

        “He has a history of injuries.”

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

      • Yankees420 5 years 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.

    • 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…

  2. 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 ago

      Leverage.

    • adropofvenom 5 years 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 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.

  3. Roy Munson 5 years 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.

    • 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.

    • 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 ago

      That’s just not true.

    • aap212 5 years ago

      That’s just not true.

    • oremlk 5 years ago

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

      • aap212 5 years ago

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

        • oremlk 5 years ago

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

          • aap212 5 years 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 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 ago

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

          • aap212 5 years ago

            I’m pretty sure you’re right.

        • adropofvenom 5 years ago

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

      • aap212 5 years ago

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

    • oremlk 5 years ago

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

  4. Roy Munson 5 years 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. 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 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.

  6. ReverendBlack 5 years 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.

  7. Guest 5 years ago

    Boom there you go. Do it.

  8. Guest 5 years ago

    Boom there you go. Do it.

  9. amuro316 5 years 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.

  10. amuro316 5 years 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.

  11. Infield Fly 5 years ago

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

  12. Infield Fly 5 years ago

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

  13. aap212 5 years 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 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 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.

  14. Spirit of '69 5 years 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.

  15. Spirit of '69 5 years 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.

  16. AceReno 5 years ago

    Oswalt! Get it done!

  17. icedrake523 5 years 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.

  18. icedrake523 5 years 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.

  19. East Coast Bias 5 years 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 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 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 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 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.

  20. East Coast Bias 5 years 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…

  21. As an astros fan , we’re most likely going to at least try to dump berkman also , so i’d eat half of oswalt’s salary if i were ed wade . eat half of his salary , we’ll qive you wandy and oswalt and the mets give us ike davis , jenrry mejia and kyle allen .
    NOTHING wrong with this deal , PERIOD .

    • Except Ike Davis and Mejia are not going anywhere…..Ike is the future at 1B and Mejia is projected as a front of the rotation starter..

    • Except Ike Davis and Mejia are not going anywhere…..Ike is the future at 1B and Mejia is projected as a front of the rotation starter..

    • thats a good trade, we get 2 30+ starters who are pretty good but you get a 1st baseman for the next 10-15 years and a top of the rotation year old who has a 95-98 mph cutter, deal

      • ReverendBlack 5 years ago

        10-15 years, huh? Helluva contract Davis signed I guess.

      • ReverendBlack 5 years ago

        10-15 years, huh? Helluva contract Davis signed I guess.

  22. As an astros fan , we’re most likely going to at least try to dump berkman also , so i’d eat half of oswalt’s salary if i were ed wade . eat half of his salary , we’ll qive you wandy and oswalt and the mets give us ike davis , jenrry mejia and kyle allen .
    NOTHING wrong with this deal , PERIOD .

  23. yeah but ike davis i am not so sure about .
    i think he just had a good start and now people are blowing it up .
    he’ll be a good regular but not an all-star calliber player .

  24. yeah but ike davis i am not so sure about .
    i think he just had a good start and now people are blowing it up .
    he’ll be a good regular but not an all-star calliber player .

  25. Oswalt has never had an injury history. His back was hurt on and off last year but that’s it. He has proved very durable. In addition, it would not be a long-term commitment. It would be remained of this year plus one.

  26. DepletedOrange 5 years ago

    I really see no reason for the Mets not to get this done. They can either seize the opportunity and get a bonafide, front of the rotation starter…or let it slip by and likely miss the playoffs.

  27. Reese Havens Wilmor Flores Jon Niese and Mark Cohoon
    This would be far for the Astros and the Astros Pick up 8 million of his contract next year.

    And Mets Fans dont say you need Tejada Havens and Flores to play SS becouse Tejada will be your guy. We dont need Fmart. Menjia or what ever his name is is off the table. Ike Davis Is off the Table. YOu just dumped Mathews JR so dont worry. The money will be there.

    This would make it loads better if the Astros trade Lance Berkman to the Yankees and get Manny B and Jesus Montero whom has fallin out of favor in Yankeeville.

    • Yankees420 5 years ago

      I’m sorry, but you have no credibility if you think the Yankees will trade Banuelos and Montero for Lance Berkman. Montero is having trouble in AAA, yes, but he was still a top 20 (top 5 according to some people) prospect coming into this season, his talent is there and he will rebound, the kid is 20 years old so let’s calm down before we start saying he’s fallen out of favor.

  28. eh, i think davis, niese, and mejia should be off limits. but besides them, id trade any of the prospects for oswalt.

  29. eh, i think davis, niese, and mejia should be off limits. but i’d trade any of the other prospects for oswalt.

  30. ReverendBlack 5 years ago

    You can say that again.

  31. Yankees420 5 years ago

    If the price is right, I think Oswalt would be a good pickup for the Mets. The Mets truly solidify their rotation, the Astros get salary relief and some decent prospects that can help the team in the future, and Oswalt stays in the NL, posts good numbers and has a chance at the playoffs.

  32. Your funny
    Oswalt is highly under rated becouse of the Team he is on. He is well worth 27 million over the next couple of years. If you compare him to CC which you would pay almost 20 million more over those same time tables plus more years you would be ok with that? NO you would have an accuse.
    Cliff Lee will be a Yankee in the long run due to CC’s and his Friendship.

    Stop Saying Oswalt has no value. Becouse he does its just up to Astros Management weather they will eat some of his contract Like I said before 8 Million would surfice.

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