Roy Oswalt Rumors: Thursday

The Astros have made a major push to find suitors for Roy Oswalt, according to ESPN.com’s Buster OlneyIt appeared yesterday that talks between the Phillies and Astros slowed down when Oswalt demanded that his 2012 option be picked up in any trade.

Olney reports that Oswalt would like the chance to pitch in St. Louis, and that preference may become a factor. Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports reported last night that the Cardinals are, in fact, frontrunners for the righty. Meanwhile, MLB.com reports that Oswalt would love to pitch in St. Louis and might not even require that his option be picked up if the Astros work out a deal with the division rival Cards. Here are the rest of your Roy Oswalt rumors, with more to come throughout the day:

  • Jayson Stark of ESPN.com talks to an anonymous official from an AL team who predicts that Oswalt will drop his demand about his 2012 option: "In the end, I don't believe the guy is going to insist on getting that option picked up.  He wants out.  And if he really wants out, that's going to change."  Stark also notes that St. Louis has offered "two young players off their major-league roster" for the Astros right-hander.
  • Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Twins are showing an interest in Oswalt.
  • Jamie Moyer is out indefinitely, but GM Ruben Amaro Jr. told MLB.com's Todd Zolecki that the Phils will replace him internally this weekend (Twitter link).
  • Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch hears that Oswalt has told the Astros that the Cardinals are his "first choice." However, a Cards official told Goold that adding a premium player is a "longshot" at this point.
  • The Cardinals want the Astros to take on a significant chunk of the $24MM or so remaining on Oswalt's contract, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com (via Twitter). The Phillies are still involved in talks for Oswalt.
  • The Cardinals have discussed possible Oswalt trades with the Astros, but the two clubs have struggled to find a fit, someone with close knowledge of the talks tells Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. The Astros like Shelby Miller, but aren’t sure if they want the Cardinals prospect to be the centerpiece of a deal. It isn’t easy to imagine a situation that satisfies all of Oswalt’s demands and all of the Astros’, but Rosenthal and Morosi say it’s too early to count the Cards out.
  • One GM tells Jon Heyman of SI.com that the Oswalt-Cardinals talks are "very real" (Twitter link).
  • Cards vice president of scouting and player development Jeff Luhnow did not call pitching prospect Shelby Miller untouchable yesterday, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. That doesn’t necessarily mean anything, since Miller would be tough to obtain whether or not the Cards publicly label him ‘untouchable.’ Strauss reports that Oswalt has told acquaintances connected to the Cardinals that he would be flexible with his 2012 option if traded to St. Louis. Presumably that means he wouldn’t demand that the Cards pick it up.
  • Brad Lidge tells Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News that he would call Oswalt, a former teammate, if it helps bring him to Philadelphia.


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197 Comments on "Roy Oswalt Rumors: Thursday"


RiverKKiller999
5 years 1 month ago

3 team trade.

nm344
5 years 1 month ago

You thought of that all by yourself?

5 years 1 month ago

Phillies have to get this deal done for Oswalt. if they have to guarantee his 3rd year, do it. this season is over if they dont get a front line pitcher. I dont think Haren is worth trading for and i dont like anybody else out there.

nm344
5 years 1 month ago

Totally disagree. Oswalt’s contract is a bear.. With Ibanez and Werth gone they’ll need to sign another outfielder for 2012 (or even 2011, if Ibanez is completely shot), not to mention either resign JRoll or look for another SS after 2011. Haren’s contract is expensive but worth it. Oswalt – NO.

oremlk
5 years 1 month ago

By 2012 they should have another outfielder up through their farm system like Anthony Gose, Tyson Gillies, Domingo Santana, or Jiwan James. I’m sure they can figure something out between those four.

ColeClaybourn
5 years 1 month ago

Or… Dominic Brown?

oremlk
5 years 1 month ago

Domonic Brown will be playing right field. I was referring to Raul Ibanez’s replacement in left field in 2012.

oremlk
5 years 1 month ago

By 2012 they should have another outfielder up through their farm system like Anthony Gose, Tyson Gillies, Domingo Santana, or Jiwan James. I’m sure they can figure something out between those four.

5 years 1 month ago

yea but this is just like ruben amaro, never gets a big deal done without tradin someone awesome, or the trade falls threw withen two days

5 years 1 month ago

and how are they going to do it? give up Happ and the prospects Werthless brings in? Won’t be enough.

hacker13
5 years 1 month ago

If if Oswalt comes to Philly, we’d lose games 2-1 instead of 6-1. Can’t win many games when your offense is scoring less than 2 runs a night!

5 years 1 month ago

lol amen brotha. I’ve been saying this for weeks now. All these fairweather fans wanna whine about Cliff Lee, yet that isn’t the Phils main problem right now!

oremlk
5 years 1 month ago

Turns out Chase Utley is pretty important.

bflaff
5 years 1 month ago

Chase Utley was in the lineup throughout June, when the Phils also couldn’t score a run to save their lives.

oremlk
5 years 1 month ago

Turns out Chase Utley is pretty important.

dmb60614
5 years 1 month ago

i dont think houston would send oswalt to StL. the stros are probably leaking that the cardinals are front runners to put pressure on philly.

5 years 1 month ago

Trading roy to the cards isn’t exactly trading him to a contender. Even optimistic fans put us 3-5 years from contention, so let him go to st louis, win a ring, and retire after 2012 which he keeps saying he wants, and then hopefully we bring up some talent, make some good signings after lee and lance free up some additional salary, and go for the series in 2014

skoz
5 years 1 month ago

Stop making me think Astro fans are intelligent and level-headed, dammit!

5 years 1 month ago

We can’t all be angry cubs fans. :) Gotta dig into the division rivals. . . after all, it’s only been. . . a century? Yeah, about that.

JoeDonBaker33
5 years 1 month ago

Well, this’ll be interesting. Cardinals system is barren unless they’re willing to part with their #1 pitching prospect for an aging ace. Also, why should Ed Wade acquiesce Oswalt by trading him to a division rival? He had a deal in place with the Phillies that Oswalt scuttled by being a diva (“I want my option picked up if I’m going to Philly, but trade me to St Louis and I’ll work around that part”).

5 years 1 month ago

Its good business. Philly is a powerhouse team no doubt, but if anyone knows how good the cards are it’s roy. The phillies are a risk at 8 games out, but the cards are practically a given, especially the way their top 3 are going. Hate garcia if you want, but he’s got good stuff this year. If he’s gonna go to philly for a likely chance next year he may as well make money, but he can surpass the money for a definite shot this year. Good baseball mind, roy.

JoeDonBaker33
5 years 1 month ago

St Louis has an 8-game winning streak, all at home. They’re 20-26 on the road. Even with said winning streak, they are only 1.5 games ahead of Cincinnati…and if the Reds overtake them, Cardinals will find themselves back in the thick of that 6-team monster fighting for the wildcard. I’d say their postseason is hardly “a given.”

5 years 1 month ago

the reds are good this year, but until they throw the last pitch of the season I’m not willing to bet they can maintain this success. They’ll have their slump, and the cards will have their run, and then it’ll flop again, but after 162 games the cards will be on top. The redds don’t have the track record to make anyone think any differently. They’re the same team they were last year, essentially, with upgraded pitching from some young guys who probably won’t finish the season as strong when they start to tire. The cards post season is fairly comfortable

JoeDonBaker33
5 years 1 month ago

“some young guys who probably won’t finish the season as strong when they start to tire”

Jaime Garcia says hi

5 years 1 month ago

yeah, jaimes gonna get tired, but with carp, waino, and roy, you can afford a tired 4th guy. your 4 and 5 holes arent supposed to produce anyways, not on ace level. baseball is a game where winning 60% is a great year. the cards are more than capable of taking the division now, and would only be better with roy

5 years 1 month ago

Plus with Lohse possibly starting a rehab assignment next week, Hawksworth showing he can be near league average after his past 5 starts and the possibility of Penny returning at some point, they have some options if Garcia wears down or is shut down because of a need to limit his innings.

5 years 1 month ago

Plus with Lohse possibly starting a rehab assignment next week, Hawksworth showing he can be near league average after his past 5 starts and the possibility of Penny returning at some point, they have some options if Garcia wears down or is shut down because of a need to limit his innings.

5 years 1 month ago

yeah, jaimes gonna get tired, but with carp, waino, and roy, you can afford a tired 4th guy. your 4 and 5 holes arent supposed to produce anyways, not on ace level. baseball is a game where winning 60% is a great year. the cards are more than capable of taking the division now, and would only be better with roy

ColeClaybourn
5 years 1 month ago

Jamie Garcia also says check out my ERA, which isn’t just tops among rookies, but among the entire NL.

JoeDonBaker33
5 years 1 month ago

“some young guys who probably won’t finish the season as strong when they start to tire”

Jaime Garcia says hi

5 years 1 month ago

the reds are good this year, but until they throw the last pitch of the season I’m not willing to bet they can maintain this success. They’ll have their slump, and the cards will have their run, and then it’ll flop again, but after 162 games the cards will be on top. The redds don’t have the track record to make anyone think any differently. They’re the same team they were last year, essentially, with upgraded pitching from some young guys who probably won’t finish the season as strong when they start to tire. The cards post season is fairly comfortable

5 years 1 month ago

I wouldn’t say it’s a given either. The old saying “anything can happen” applies. However, it’s safe to say that the Cardinals were the definition of under-achievers in the first half, and the Reds over-achieved by a fair margin.

For nearly the entire first half the team struggled. Holliday slumped, Pujols wasn’t the Pujols we were all used to, Freese was a pleasant surprised until his injury, NO production from SS/2B, Yadi struggled with the bat. The only position players to perform at or greater than expected were Rasmus and Ludwick (also injured).

Of course the biggest positive surprise was Garcia, but his success has largely been offset by the injuries to Penny and Lohse (who were replaced by Jeff F’n Suppan/Hawksworth/Walters).

Boggs has been great in the ‘pen, but Reyes has struggled and I will never be comfortable so long as Ryan Franklin is the closer.

JoeDonBaker33
5 years 1 month ago

“Yadi struggled with the bat”

How does this fit in with the Cards “underachieving” in the first half? All his value is in his defense – he’s not a good hitter (career .685 OPS)

5 years 1 month ago

His career OPS is skewed by how awful he was with the stick early in his career. He made a lot of progress the last two seasons before regressing this year.

skoz
5 years 1 month ago

Career, sure, but over the last two years (’08-’09) he’s been .299AVG/.745OPS, so this year has been a marked falloff from that trend. All signs had pointing to his bat finally coming around, so this year has confounded expectations.

JoeDonBaker33
5 years 1 month ago

“Yadi struggled with the bat”

How does this fit in with the Cards “underachieving” in the first half? All his value is in his defense – he’s not a good hitter (career .685 OPS)

ColeClaybourn
5 years 1 month ago

First of all,

You can write off the first half struggles with the way they’re playing right now. They seem to be clicking on all cylinders. Sure, Pujols wasn’t hit normal .330, 30 HR, 80 RBI guy that he normall is in the first half. But he was still hitting over .300, hovered around 20 HR and 65 RBI. Hard to call those bad numbers. He’s just spoiled everyone every other year with stellar numbers so people who don’t know much mistakenly called his first half “bad.”

They historicall never have much production up the middle or behind the plate, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that it’s that way. LaRussa would much rather have defense up the middle and let his corner infielders and outfielders do the run producing, which they’re doing.

Holliday is on a tear right now and Pujols will be Pujols. Rasmus can hit, Ludwick is having a nice season, and it’s no question their SP has been the reason they’re in first place.

Adding Oswalt would make this rotation the best in the NL, hands down. Lohse is an uncertainty in my opinion, so I’m not counting on him to make much of an impact this season.

But as it looks right now, even just sitting 1.5 up, you have to think that that lead will grow even larger the second half with the team playing like they are right now.

5 years 1 month ago

I wouldn’t say it’s a given either. The old saying “anything can happen” applies. However, it’s safe to say that the Cardinals were the definition of under-achievers in the first half, and the Reds over-achieved by a fair margin.

For nearly the entire first half the team struggled. Holliday slumped, Pujols wasn’t the Pujols we were all used to, Freese was a pleasant surprised until his injury, NO production from SS/2B, Yadi struggled with the bat. The only position players to perform at or greater than expected were Rasmus and Ludwick (also injured).

Of course the biggest positive surprise was Garcia, but his success has largely been offset by the injuries to Penny and Lohse (who were replaced by Jeff F’n Suppan/Hawksworth/Walters).

Boggs has been great in the ‘pen, but Reyes has struggled and I will never be comfortable so long as Ryan Franklin is the closer.

JoeDonBaker33
5 years 1 month ago

St Louis has an 8-game winning streak, all at home. They’re 20-26 on the road. Even with said winning streak, they are only 1.5 games ahead of Cincinnati…and if the Reds overtake them, Cardinals will find themselves back in the thick of that 6-team monster fighting for the wildcard. I’d say their postseason is hardly “a given.”

5 years 1 month ago

Oswalt shouldn’t require a blue-chip prospect, unless Houston takes on a tremendous amount of salary. His age and salary are two big red flags.

IMO, Houston should expect salary relief and a package built around a raw, but potentially high-upside, prospect. The Card’s have a couple of 1B prospects that are obviously blocked who have potential big-league bats, some toolsy OF types that haven’t seen their talent reflected in their stats, and a plethora of RH relievers.

Obviously the ‘Stros will probably want more from the Cards. However, Card’s should NOT include Miller in a trade. He’s no sure thing, but with a potential monster Pujols contract the Cards will need all the cost-controlled youngsters they can get in a few years.

JoeDonBaker33
5 years 1 month ago

If it isn’t Shelby Miller, this deal is not happening. Salary relief is the tip of the iceberg.

JoeDonBaker33
5 years 1 month ago

If it isn’t Shelby Miller, this deal is not happening. Salary relief is the tip of the iceberg.

oremlk
5 years 1 month ago

No Shelby Miller? No trade. The Cardinals’ farm system is a wreck, so Miller is a must.

5 years 1 month ago

I’d be seriously surprised if the ‘Stros acquired a blue-chip prospect without picking up the tab on a significant chunk of Oswalt’s salary. He’s had a great bounce-back year, but he’s soon-to-be 33 and makes a ton of cash. This isn’t back in the early 2000s where teams traded top prospects for aging high-priced vets. Salary relief is very valuable in today’s market.

oremlk
5 years 1 month ago

I expect the Astros to send some cash (not an outrageous amount, though). I also expect them to demand a very good return for their best pitcher in franchise history having one of the best seasons of his career.

His age has been overstated in importance. The aging curve does not work the same way for pitchers as for hitters; many pitchers remain just as productive into their late 30s. More important is velocity and injury history. Oswalt’s velocity is sitting right at his career average level, and he’s made at least 30 starts every year since 2004.

The contract is also overstated in importance. John Lackey is a worse pitcher than Roy Oswalt with a worse injury history, and he got a $82.5MM over five years contract in the off-season, which is more money than Oswalt per year on average, and a lot more years.

5 years 1 month ago

I don’t agree with that. Age is very important in regard to pitchers – many, many more have sudden drop-offs or injuries after 30 than remain productive late into their career. Certainly Oswalt has the track record, but he’s also thrown a lot of innings/pitches. Maybe that means he can handle it, but it could also mean that he’s more susceptible to injury. The point is, there’s some risk there that’s magnified by the $16 million a year.

You raise a good point with the Lackey comp. Although, I think that contract will end up being a good example of why you shouldn’t give a 30+ pitcher that kind of money.

To a team like the ‘Stros with a ton of high-priced vets, shedding that much salary should be very valuable.

oremlk
5 years 1 month ago

That’s why Oswalt’s contract is a good balance, though. You’re getting more than a half season rental, but you’re not getting locked into a really long term deal. Assuming he doesn’t demand his option to be guaranteed, the worst you’re looking at is one year with your payroll bogged down by his contract in the event of serious injury.

The team option is nice, too, because if he’s still healthy and productive at the end of next year, it’ll basically function like the ability to get an ace on a one year deal. And if he’s not healthy or his productivity plummets, you can get out without further damage.

skoz
5 years 1 month ago

A “wreck” is hyperbole. It’s been depleated of blue chip prospects, certainly, but there are still young players able to contribute on the major-league level (as has been illustrated by Jay and Craig recently), and others who have progressed well and show significant upside. Believe it or not, teams don’t just take Baseball America’s word for it, they actually scout other team’s farm systems themselves…

5 years 1 month ago

Correct. Jay and Craig are the most obvious examples, albeit small samples. Boggs is also very young and has been a bullpen force. Salas and Sanchez are potential closer prospects. They also have some talented young catchers with positional questions and blocked first basemen with potential big-league bats. Also, if they sign Cox and Matias is approved they will suddenly have three blue-chippers with the (unlikely) potential for a fourth should they somehow sign Wilson.

oremlk
5 years 1 month ago

There is nothing you guys have mentioned which the Astros don’t already have in plenty. We have tons of grade C prospects without huge upside but with a chance to be decent big league contributors. We don’t need more of them; we need impact prospects, even if they are in the lower minors & far from being major league ready. That’s why the Phillies are a better fit.

5 years 1 month ago

My whole point is that Oswalt isn’t necessarily worth an impact prospect. He’s got the talent, but that is offset to an extent by his age and contract. With the money issues and youth movement in today’s game, getting a blue-chip guy for him is no sure thing. Especially without picking up salary.

oremlk
5 years 1 month ago

You might be right, but just maybe. It depends how desperate teams get over the next hours and days. I’ve heard everything from “no blue chip prospects” to multiple major league ready blue chip guys involved in rumors over the last 24 hours.

But I can promise you this: If the Astros can’t get blue chip prospects (they will kick in salary if necessary), Roy Oswalt won’t be traded before the deadline this year.

5 years 1 month ago

Oswalt is the same age as halladay and a year older than lee, and no one complains about their salaries. granted lee is cheaper, but if he picks up his game back to form hell command a raise next year and likely make the same range as roy and doc, and if he doesn’t it’ll be because of the economy, not because he and the front office doesn’t feel he’s worth it. Neither lee nor halladay are markedly better than roy, and roys been the same player since his debut, whereas lee is just finding his stride. doc is doc. can’t argue with that.

oremlk
5 years 1 month ago

No Shelby Miller? No trade. The Cardinals’ farm system is a wreck, so Miller is a must.

5 years 1 month ago

Oswalt shouldn’t require a blue-chip prospect, unless Houston takes on a tremendous amount of salary. His age and salary are two big red flags.

IMO, Houston should expect salary relief and a package built around a raw, but potentially high-upside, prospect. The Card’s have a couple of 1B prospects that are obviously blocked who have potential big-league bats, some toolsy OF types that haven’t seen their talent reflected in their stats, and a plethora of RH relievers.

Obviously the ‘Stros will probably want more from the Cards. However, Card’s should NOT include Miller in a trade. He’s no sure thing, but with a potential monster Pujols contract the Cards will need all the cost-controlled youngsters they can get in a few years.

5 years 1 month ago

If Oswalt goes to the Cardinals, that wouldn’t even be fair in a playoff series.

Four aces, damn.

5 years 1 month ago

Jejeje!! Yeah!! Wainwright, Carpenter, Garcia and, if Astros send Oswalt to St. Luis, Oswalt.
God!!!

5 years 1 month ago

The Four Horsemen of the opposing team’s apocalypse, I suppose.

JoeDonBaker33
5 years 1 month ago

Who’s the 4th ace there? Garcia with his 126 career IP?

jrav
5 years 1 month ago

lol besides Halladay he’d be an Ace on the Phillies staff right now lol

BrickTops
5 years 1 month ago

There are only a handfull of teams in that Roy O would not be the Ace.

BrickTops
5 years 1 month ago

There are only a handfull of teams in that Roy O would not be the Ace.

5 years 1 month ago

This season he’s been as good as anyone that’s not a big left hander with a Fish on his hat.

5 years 1 month ago

Garcia with only one career start pitching more than 6 innings?

oremlk
5 years 1 month ago

Garcia has pitched five starts this season in which he went seven innings.

No, he’s not an ace. But he’s still having a ridiculously impressive rookie season, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him remain a solid no. 2 throughout his career.

Triteon
5 years 1 month ago

May want to familiarize yourself with baseball-reference.com.

5 years 1 month ago

Garcia with only one career start pitching more than 6 innings?

jrav
5 years 1 month ago

haha Joe because if oswalt is forced to go to Philly of course he wants the option picked up for the 16 mil. no one WANTS to go to Philly, are u serious? people take pay cuts to play in St. Louis. no player chooses to play in Philly with their fickle and unappreciative fan base lol

Jason Klinger
5 years 1 month ago

Way to show your ignorance. Players want to come to Philadelphia because the team wins games.

jrav
5 years 1 month ago

lol they’ve had a good 3 year stretch no doubt, but thats like the first time Philly has been relevant in like 20 years? lol

Triteon
5 years 1 month ago

The Phillies have made the playoffs 5 times in the last 27 years…hardly a generation of unqualified success.

brigr
5 years 1 month ago

how bout roy halladay?

5 years 1 month ago

yeah, and roy halladay… among others… eyre, blanton etc….

5 years 1 month ago

Not sure about the others, but Doc seemed to want to pitch there because Philly had the best bet to win the Series (outside of NY) at the time. Whether he actually enjoys the city is another thing entirely.

This is the city that threw D-batteries at J.D. Drew, shined laser pointers in Albert’s eyes, visiting fans getting assaulted in the stands/parking lots, and who have a reputation of being ruthless to their own players. To say the city’s reputation doesn’t put off some players is naive.

5 years 1 month ago

They shined them in Julio Lugo’s eyes. Still not right, but don’t say it was Albert.

5 years 1 month ago

Could have swore they also showed replays of laser dots being shined on Pujols. I’ll check it out.

5 years 1 month ago

They did point it at Albert, but it was first used on Lugo.

5 years 1 month ago

visiting fans are harassed in many stadiums, not just in philadelphia. ever been a visiting fan at shea (citi field) or fenway or even in pittsburgh. it doesn’t happen as consistently as perceived in philadelphia, however, when it does it gets blown out of proportion because of the city’s reputation. same goes for the booing – booing happens all the time, everywhere, but no one makes a big deal about it unless it happens in philly. so we want our players to play a certain way – play hard and play to win. What’s wrong with that? The fans also have a reputation as being among the most passionate and loyal fans in the country. So we criticize our players and coaches when they aren’t producing how they should. It doesn’t mean we’re fair whether fans, we just can not be happy with lousy losing play. Not to mention they get to play in front of a sellout crowd everynight.Plenty of players love the city and playing in front of the fans. Look at Pat Burrell, arguable one of the most criticized players in the city, in any sport over the past 10 years. He loved it there and never wanted to leave. He understood that the fans expected certain results, and when he wasn’t achieving those results the fans would let him know.

Hunt2422
5 years 1 month ago

And why do you think Philly is so consistently perceived in this way?? People didn’t just pick a random city to pick on…they have that reputation for a reason.

You think Philly is the only city that wants their players to play hard and win?? And aren’t happy when your team loses?? Your city just takes it to a whole new, unnecessary level and everybody knows this. You’re not fooling anybody with your ridiculous argument.

5 years 1 month ago

Not sure about the others, but Doc seemed to want to pitch there because Philly had the best bet to win the Series (outside of NY) at the time. Whether he actually enjoys the city is another thing entirely.

This is the city that threw D-batteries at J.D. Drew, shined laser pointers in Albert’s eyes, visiting fans getting assaulted in the stands/parking lots, and who have a reputation of being ruthless to their own players. To say the city’s reputation doesn’t put off some players is naive.

bflaff
5 years 1 month ago

Roy Halladay says hi.

5 years 1 month ago

Although the Phillies dont want pick up the 2012 option, they have to do it, because now Jamie Moyer is on DL. They need another pitcher, to help Halladay, Cole Hamels is inconsistent, Jamie Moyer now on DL, their Bullpen so bad lately, then………. no more words.

5 years 1 month ago

I personally think Haren is the better fit for Philly. He has a better record over the last couple years and has done it on a bad team. He is also healthier (no past back problems like Oswalt) and is younger.

super_saxy
5 years 1 month ago

But Haren gives up more homeruns that Oswalt. That in Citizens Bank Park would not be too good. Given the two, I think Oswalt would be better suited to pitch in CBP.

Sophist4
5 years 1 month ago

Hamels gives up more HR than Haren. Haren would cost the moon – that’s the only knock against Haren. The guy is a stud. One of 15 pitchers since 2007 to have an ERA+ over 130.

bulldurham08
5 years 1 month ago

Is anyone familiar with the Rays farm system? If we were to ship Werth down to Tampa, are their prospects down there that would attract some interest in AZ?

tooch2112
5 years 1 month ago

They’re calling in lidge to close the deal…here comes another blown save.

dankula
5 years 1 month ago

Brilliant sir.

5 years 1 month ago

I know that everyone wants Oswalt or Haren to come to Philadelphia, but quite frankly, I think picking up another aging pitcher is only going to compound the problems in Philly. The Phils have had a great three year run, and in any city other than Philly, that is fantastic and worthy of high praise. It is also next to impossible to expect a team to stay competitive when their number one, two, three hitters all hit the DL for extended periods of time. I think the right deal for the Phillies right now is to trade Werth for Upton, who would solve the problem of signing another OF of the future. After Ibanez leaves, we lock up Rollins and Victorino, and the core remains intact and we work towards the future.

True, Amaro made a mistake letting go of Cliff Lee, but hindsight is always 20/20. At the time, his boss set a benchmark that he had to maintain, and he did what he thought was best. What Amaro should have done was traded Werth in the beginning of the season for bullpen or prospect help, when his value was higher than ever.

super_saxy
5 years 1 month ago

This would NEVER EVER happen how, but wasn’t a straight up trade of Werth for Daniel Bard suggested/talked about or whatever a while back?

If that was, in fact, a legit rumor, indeed, hindsight is 20/20

bulldurham08
5 years 1 month ago

Amaro won’t do Werth for Upton straight up. We’d be getting hosed. If/When Werth is hot, he’s a top hitter in baseball. Yes, I know he’s “slumping” yet still hitting .285. Not too shabby.

M_Harden
5 years 1 month ago

Haren? An aging pitcher?

Triteon
5 years 1 month ago

No kidding. Though Strasburg is technically an aging pitcher too. :)

M_Harden
5 years 1 month ago

Haren? An aging pitcher?

UtleyPhan
5 years 1 month ago

Would rather not have Oswalt anymore, he needs to hand his man card in after saying he doesnt want to play anywhere that has an “aggressive media or fan base”. Are you kidding me, stay in Houston and pitch for a losing team for rest of your career.

brigr
5 years 1 month ago

Although I was all about Oswalt at first, he is acting like a little b!tch now. I’ll pass.

Andy_B
5 years 1 month ago

I love how Philly fans act like trash and then can’t understand why a player doesn’t want to play there. There’s a reason players will take a discount to play in front of the best fans in baseball in St Louis.

Andy_B
5 years 1 month ago

I love how Philly fans act like trash and then can’t understand why a player doesn’t want to play there. There’s a reason players will take a discount to play in front of the best fans in baseball in St Louis.

5 years 1 month ago

Apparently this didn’t post earlier. Basically I said Roy isn’t a bitch for giving a hometown discount. Lots of players do it. And he never criticized the fans, though from what everyone’s saying, they’re not all that. He did criticize the media, and why not? He’s not a flashy kinda guy. He has a midwest work ethic that people on the coasts can’t understand. He lets his pitching do the talking, and isn’t all about the spotlight and chest pounding that usually equals overcompensating rather than true talent

JoeDonBaker33
5 years 1 month ago

Hometown discount: because we all know St. Louis is a city in Mississippi.

They are not even adjacent states. Read up on your Oswalt background…and US geography while you’re at it.