Phillies Acquire Roy Oswalt

Just one win shy of the Astros' franchise win record, Roy Oswalt is leaving the only team he's ever known.  The 32-year-old righty approved a trade to the Phillies, who sent J.A. Happ and low minors prospects Anthony Gose and Jonathan Villar to Houston for Oswalt and $11MM.  The Astros then flipped Gose to the Blue Jays.  The Phillies will not pick up Oswalt's 2012 option, but will add $1MM to the buyout as compensation.  Seven months after trading Cliff Lee to the Mariners for prospects, the Phillies added a different ace to their rotation to support Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels.  Oswalt has a 3.42 ERA, 8.4 K/9, and 2.4 BB/9 in 20 starts this year.

Oswalt asked the Astros for a trade in late May, and talks ensued with the Phillies, Cardinals, Rangers, Padres, and Dodgers, among others.  Astros owner Drayton McLane dealt directly with Phillies president David Montgomery to complete the complicated trade.  As expected, Oswalt's full no-trade clause, his 2012 option, and the $23.46MM guaranteed to him through '11 were significant obstacles.

Happ, 27, finished second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting last year with a 2.93 ERA in 166 innings.  However, he's tallied only 53 pro innings in 2010 due to an April forearm injury. Happ won't go to arbitration until after the 2011 season and the Astros control his rights through 2014.

Gose, a speedy center fielder playing at the High A level, was ranked sixth among the team's prospects by Baseball America heading into the season.  He rates highly for his speed, defense, and arm tools, but remains a work in progress.

Villar, a shortstop in Low A ball, was ranked 22nd among Phillies prospects heading into the season.  The results haven't been there yet but BA says he has "plus tools across the board except for power."

Mark Berman of FOX 26 Houston first reported the agreement late Wednesday night, while Ken RosenthalJayson Stark, Jon Heyman, Matt Gelb, Amy K. Nelson, Jerry Crasnick, and Danny Knobler contributed more information today.


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129 Comments on "Phillies Acquire Roy Oswalt"


TheodoreRoosevelt
5 years 1 month ago

A clear win for the Phillies.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

Can’t really say that…Remains to be seen, but this is simply awesome! I love trades in Baseball!

Abraham Zapruder
5 years 1 month ago

Steal for the Phils. Redemption time for the Lee trade.

bjsguess
5 years 1 month ago

Why they traded him to begin with indefensible.

That said, this is a great trade. Now, the question is who got the better of lopsided trades. The Angels or the Phillies.

Abraham Zapruder
5 years 1 month ago

only time will tell.

The_Silver_Stacker
5 years 1 month ago

they couldn’t afford to resign him long term

5 years 1 month ago

Wow ruben didn’t give up that much… was expecting singelton in the deal. good trade for the phillies

philliesphan93
5 years 1 month ago

So the Astros are paying almost half of the money remaining on Oswalt’s contract?! Clearly a steal for the Phils.

5 years 1 month ago

Astros got hosed

chucktb
5 years 1 month ago

Nope. That’s about what oswalt was worth. Definitely a good deal for the Phils

5 years 1 month ago

Error fixed, Astros obviously sending money to Phils

atlantaspike
5 years 1 month ago

How the hell does Ed Wade stay employed?

Marxkip
5 years 1 month ago

“Astros owner Drayton McLane dealt directly with Phillies president David Montgomery to complete the complicated trade.”
Neither Amaro nor Wade deserve blame or credit. (If that statement is true and as extreme as I believe it is)
I don’t think Amaro could’ve pulled off this coup and I don’t think Wade is this bad.

5 years 1 month ago

I’m thinking the baseball guys decided the players and the owners worked out the $11M figure.

5 years 1 month ago

I’m thinking the baseball guys decided the players and the owners worked out the $11M figure.

atlantaspike
5 years 1 month ago

First, If you can’t come up with a cogent argument to keep your boss from doing something stupid, you are just as much to blame as he is. Second, I am pretty sure the owner guys were just doing the financials, and the GMs the players. I seriously doubt McLane has done any talent evaluation on the Phil’s 22nd best project. Wade in fact deserves the hiding he’s going to take in the papers, and Amaro just got bailed out on his Lee trade if Philly can get into the playoffs.

atlantaspike
5 years 1 month ago

First, If you can’t come up with a cogent argument to keep your boss from doing something stupid, you are just as much to blame as he is. Second, I am pretty sure the owner guys were just doing the financials, and the GMs the players. I seriously doubt McLane has done any talent evaluation on the Phil’s 22nd best project. Wade in fact deserves the hiding he’s going to take in the papers, and Amaro just got bailed out on his Lee trade if Philly can get into the playoffs.

5 years 1 month ago

Wade is that bad. Under his watch the Phillies got absolutely nothing for Curt Schilling and Scott Rolen. Both were in the primes of their careers, and Wade couldn’t get anything for them.

5 years 1 month ago

Wade is that bad. Under his watch the Phillies got absolutely nothing for Curt Schilling and Scott Rolen. Both were in the primes of their careers, and Wade couldn’t get anything for them.

5 years 1 month ago

I dunno. By building teams that are perennial contenders, like the Phillies?

That would be my guess.

generalbocephus
5 years 1 month ago

I wouldn’t say perennial contenders.

jnolan33177
4 years 4 months ago

I would, the comment was about ed wade. the phillies team core, he built from scratch

atlantaspike
5 years 1 month ago

Perennial contenders for 2nd place while ol’ Ed was the GM. I seem to recall that’s why they fired him. Sure he drafts well, but seems to be pretty weak on the rest of the GM role, like making the postseason and not getting killed in trades and stuff.

Paul Boyé
5 years 1 month ago

Most of the draft credit should be going to Mike Arbuckle, really.

5 years 1 month ago

I dunno. By building teams that are perennial contenders, like the Phillies?

That would be my guess.

bonestock94
5 years 1 month ago

Wow, getting fleeced by Amaro is, uh, special.

5 years 1 month ago

Right, because the last time Amaro was able to swing a deadline deal for a difference-making pitcher without giving up any elite talent was, um, last year’s trade deadline.

5 years 1 month ago

kyle drabek.

bonestock94
5 years 1 month ago

Who he proceeded to trade in the offseason for god knows what reason, and then did the Ryan Howard extension.

5 years 1 month ago

Right, because the last time Amaro was able to swing a deadline deal for a difference-making pitcher without giving up any elite talent was, um, last year’s trade deadline.

PhilliesLoveOmar
5 years 1 month ago

Doesn’t Oswalt usually have bad 2nd half’s of the season? What can we expect in terms of performance? Halladay, Hamels and Oswalt is a great playoff rotation. This makes us very strong for next year too and at a cost that’s well under what we would have payed for a comparable starter on the FA market.

Yankees420
5 years 1 month ago

Dan Haren is known to struggle in the 2nd half, Oswalt on the other hand:
Career splits
1st half: 3.35 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 3.30 K/BB
2nd half: 3.08 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 4.07 K/BB

Yankees420
5 years 1 month ago

Dan Haren is known to struggle in the 2nd half, Oswalt on the other hand:
Career splits
1st half: 3.35 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 3.30 K/BB
2nd half: 3.08 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 4.07 K/BB

mickden56
5 years 1 month ago

This is Haren for Saunders all over again. Doesn’t quite make up for Lee, but I’ll take it.

chucktb
5 years 1 month ago

The Angels did much better than the Astros did here, but that’s b/c Haren is better, younger, and cheaper. Skaggs and (I forget the name) the other young pitcher are better prospects than Gose and Villar are, though Happ, b/c of the salary and the fact that he’s cost-controlled for 4 years, is a good bit better than Saunders.

5 years 1 month ago

Ed Wade got fleeced by Ruben Amaro!

mickden56
5 years 1 month ago

Amaro is 3 for 4 now in the fleecing department (Indians, Jays, ‘stros). Although the one fleecing he took was truly epic.

generalbocephus
5 years 1 month ago

Short term fleecing not long term.This is obviously a win now at all costs type of move. Basically you moved 4-5 years of Happ for a 1.5 years of Oswalt. Long term most likely not a great move since Happ was probably the Phils second best pitcher last year but short term they raked. They should be the favorites moving forward in the East this year.

zeroes
5 years 1 month ago

The Jays certainly aren’t complaining about being fleeced. All three guys they picked up were recently ranked in BA’s top 50 list. Halladay’s a monster, but that’s a pretty nice haul considering he’d have been out the door after this season. That was a trade that’s working out for both teams, I’d say.

(The story might be different if they hadn’t flipped Taylor for Wallace maybe. D’arnaud numbers aren’t spectacular, but he’s in a very pitcher friendly park and a pitcher friendly league. He’s still one of the best hitters on his team and the scouting reports are excellent).

5 years 1 month ago

That was a very good trade by Amaro, but you’re right, Zeroes, it’s not fair to call it a “fleecing.” Both teams got exactly what they were looking for.

jnolan33177
4 years 4 months ago

Care to revisit this????

5 years 1 month ago

I wouldn’t say getting Dreybeck and Michael Taylor constitutes a fleecing for the Jays especially since they were able to flip Taylor for another player.

5 years 1 month ago

I wouldn’t say getting Dreybeck and Michael Taylor constitutes a fleecing for the Jays especially since they were able to flip Taylor for another player.

damnitsderek
5 years 1 month ago

They flipped Taylor for Wallace, which was an acceptable move, but they turned Wallace into Gose. Major fail.

jnolan33177
4 years 4 months ago

Ahem

mickden56
5 years 1 month ago

Amaro is 3 for 4 now in the fleecing department (Indians, Jays, ‘stros). Although the one fleecing he took was truly epic.

Yankees420
5 years 1 month ago

Wow, low minors guys + J.A. (3rd/4th starter imo) for Oswalt and 11MM and the Phillies don’t have to pick up the option? Good deal for them, guess that Haren trade was used as a measuring tool, Ruben should personally call Dipoto and offer to take him out to dinner.

5 years 1 month ago

Nice steal for Philly. Not as bad a hit on the farm system as I was expecting… So, I think the Stros got Hosed…

5 years 1 month ago

Ed Wade is an idiot

mickden56
5 years 1 month ago

Any Phillies fan can tell you that.

mickden56
5 years 1 month ago

Any Phillies fan can tell you that.

frank_costanza
5 years 1 month ago

He drafts well, but always sucked at trades. Dont underestimate Happ. Theyre going to like him there for years to come.

Muggi
5 years 1 month ago

Happ’s a valuable guy, a solid #3/4 in my eyes.

I think he’s a better player than Saunders, frankly.

5 years 1 month ago

Happ’s 2009 was very much like Kendrick’s 2007 … the ERA and won-loss record look good, but every other stat says he’s going to have a lot of trouble repeating the success.

ekt8750
5 years 1 month ago

Happ will be good as long as his arm doesn’t fall off. That was the biggest concerns the Phillies had. It took him way too long for him to recover from that injury.

frank_costanza
5 years 1 month ago

He drafts well, but always sucked at trades. Dont underestimate Happ. Theyre going to like him there for years to come.

5 years 1 month ago

Ed Wade is an idiot

bevothephenom
5 years 1 month ago

whenever the phils are in need of something…ruben goes out and gets it done. and he never gives up alot….give him credit

bevothephenom
5 years 1 month ago

whenever the phils are in need of something…ruben goes out and gets it done. and he never gives up alot….give him credit

YanksFanSince78
5 years 1 month ago

It’s amazing how seemingly unimpressive some of these returns have been for some of these star players. COnsidering how the offering were so high for Haren and Oswalt and then seeing the returns they settled for it’s been somewhat anti-climatic.

studio179
5 years 1 month ago

I was thinking the same thing. You had to wonder if the Haren deal was a fluke or a trend. Now with the Oswalt deal in the books and the Stros not getting Singleton AND having to pay a large amount of his money, it is looking like a trend. These old contracts in another economy being paid are no longer to be assuming a higher prospect in return. That way of thinking appears to be not that common anymore.

On a side note to fellow Cub fans. Do not expect much in return for Lilly. Haren and Oswalt are overall better and netted what they did…wow.

YanksFanSince78
5 years 1 month ago

It’s amazing how seemingly unimpressive some of these returns have been for some of these star players. COnsidering how the offering were so high for Haren and Oswalt and then seeing the returns they settled for it’s been somewhat anti-climatic.

YanksFanSince78
5 years 1 month ago

I meant…It’s amazing how seemingly unimpressive some of these returns have been for some of these star players. COnsidering how the DEMANDS were so high for Haren and Oswalt and then seeing the returns they settled for it’s been somewhat anti-climatic.