Roy Oswalt Rumors: Sunday

The Phillies, Yankees, Dodgers, and Cardinals were among the teams that had scouts watching Roy Oswalt's start against the Reds last night. Oswalt didn't exactly dazzle, allowing six runs over five innings, but there still seems to be plenty of interest in the right-hander, according to yesterday's round of Oswalt rumors. Here are today's updates, with the latest notes being added to the top of the list throughout the day:

  • With Haren off of the trade market, Houston's asking price for Oswalt will likely be too high for the Cards' tastes, writes Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
  • MLB.com's Brian McTaggart writes that Oswalt's pursuit of becoming the all-time wins leader in Houston won't affect his trade status. One win shy of the record, Oswalt says it would be nice to reach the mark, but won't veto a trade to make it happen.
  • In an update for FOX Sports, Rosenthal says the Astros are having trouble matching up with the Cardinals and Dodgers, leaving the Phillies as the most logical suitor. However, in a pair of tweets, ESPN.com's Buster Olney reports that the Phils are exploring the possibility of swapping Werth directly for a starter if they can't work out a deal for Oswalt or Dan Haren.
  • Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets that the Phillies, as opposed to the Dodgers and Cards, are best positioned to acquire Oswalt if they move Jayson Werth. However, Rosenthal hears from an executive that Philadelphia's demands in a Werth deal appear to be changing daily.
  • Astros president Tal Smith tells Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that he expects Oswalt to be moved. According to Smith, the Astros' ace is drawing "considerable interest," with at least "three or four" teams attempting to acquire the 32-year-old.
  • Cafardo also hears from an Astros official that New York might be too "big time" for the quiet Oswalt, meaning there's a chance the righty may not waive his no-trade clause to play for a Big Apple team.


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60 Comments on "Roy Oswalt Rumors: Sunday"


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BravesRed
4 years 11 months ago

He won’t be moved, unless the ‘Stros lower their demands, by a lot.

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oremlk
4 years 11 months ago

When you’re negotiating you start from a position of strength, that’s why the Astros demands are so high. Just basic bargaining practices. The demands will come down some over the next few days and a compromise may well be reached. I’m probably about 70/30 on Oswalt being traded before the deadline. I think some teams will get desperate, and I don’t think the Astros will demand as much as they have been, so a middle ground will be found.

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smitty4
4 years 11 months ago

Ed Wade always lowers his demands at the 72 hour mark. a 30/30 Bobby Abreu got nothing in the end because the deal had to be made. Ed is reaching the “has to be made” point right now.

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Bender44
4 years 11 months ago

Well that 30/30 Bobby Abreu person was traded by Pat Gillick, so….

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Just_MLB
4 years 11 months ago

Wow if Oswalt is already shook of pitching in the big apple…then its def best he go somewhere else…not everyone has the cojones to play here…but as they say….if u can make it here…u can make it anywhere

Guest
4 years 11 months ago

Not everyone thinks NY is the be all end all of existence. I love the yanks. They were my first team before I knew what baseball even was, 20 years ago, but as a rural farmboy, I totally get why roy wouldn’t wanna pitch there. Its someplace you visit, not someplace you live. I’m sure you wouldn’t wanna live on the delta, so why judge him for thinking NY is just a bunch of noise and lights

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Just_MLB
4 years 11 months ago

u…u can live in Westchester…or Stamford or anywhere within an hour of the city and its a completely different world…this sounds more like he cant pitch under the pressure of the spotlight/media…big difference between hou & nyc

Guest
4 years 11 months ago

Not denying there’s definitely more of a stage in NY, but media=drama. When has that ever been good? Roy wants to pitch and be left alone, not have the amateur psychologists at NY Times wondering who, what, where, when, why about every decision he makes. He’s more the silent professional, not the 3 ring circus that is the steinbrenners, aj, and arod.

The yanks are a great team, but you have to be flashy to wanna play there, and not wanting to be in the spotlight isn’t a weakness, its a personality trait. No one would say jeter wasn’t a real man if he didn’t wanna go mudbogging and catfishing. Just different people.

There’s no doubt NY makes careers, but roy is pretty well established as is. Lots of HoF pitchers never played in NY. Not saying roy is a hof’er, but he’s definitely great even without the Pinstripes.

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Just_MLB
4 years 11 months ago

Jeter actually seems to be the kind of guy that doesnt like the spotlight ( unlike A-Rod )the only thing he does to call attention to himself is his high-jump ninja throw from anywhere in the field to any base…getting clutch basehits…and smashing Jessica Alba, Mariah Carey, Nia Long out the ball-park…and plenty of other low-key types have thrived in NY…joe torre…willie randolph…Andy Pettite…Bernie Williams…Mariano Rivera…Tom Glavine..Carlos Beltran….David Wright…Don Mattingly…none of them are really considered rah-rah spotlight seeker kind of people…( and one lives across the street from one of the best strip clubs in NY )…u never hear a peep about him cuz he keeps it low-key..u just need a set to survive here…

* edit ( please note…willie randolph thrived in NY as a player…not as a manager )

Guest
4 years 11 months ago

Can’t argue with evidence like that, but I still don’t think oswalts brass ones should be questioned :)

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Just_MLB
4 years 11 months ago

Why is Oswalt shook of NYC ?

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HerbertAnchovy
4 years 11 months ago

It wasn’t a direct quote, it was a quote by an “insider” that could (or couldn’t be) completely false.

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cbcbcb
4 years 11 months ago

How about all three parties lower their demands slightly. Mr. Oswalt, stop demanding that your option be picked up. Mr. Amaro, don’t expect a major league ready top prospect or talent for Werth. Astros management, don’t expect top major league prospects and somebody to pay all of Oswalt’s salary. If all three of you each lower your demands only slighty, you can get a deal done within the hour.

Guest
4 years 11 months ago

Have you completely ignored the last 3 days? Oswalt has said, and reiterated, that his option will not be a dealbreaker, and that he’s willing to restructure. That’s the epitome of fair and reasonable compromise.

The team has said for almost a week now that they’ll pay some salary, and any speculation on how much, until the deal is made, is just that, and will vary largely on what is offered us in return.

Werth may not be worth a lot, but he’s definitely got value, which if he was on your team, or once he was traded to your team, you would likely admit, but everyone wants something for nothing. Very ignorant post all around.

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Andy_B
4 years 11 months ago

For the Phillies to trade Werth they need to get more than what they would get at the end of the season if he signs with another team, because if not the Phillies are better off keeping him for the rest of the year. On the other hand as bad as Amarro got fleeced on the Lee deal, perhaps he will trade Werth below value just to try to pull in Oswalt.

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coachofall
4 years 11 months ago

The way he is playing this year I wouldnt be shocked if he were to accept arbitration if offered. This may be the fear of the Phills front office. One year in a healthy protected Phillie lineup may help his value after next season