Saturday Yields Few Developments In Roy Oswalt Discussions

Cole ClaybournCorrespondent IJuly 24, 2010

HOUSTON - MAY 31:  Pitcher Roy Oswalt #44 of the Houston Astros complains about the strike zone in the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Minute Maid Park on May 31, 2010 in Houston, Texas. Oswalt was ejected from the game by home plate umpire Bill Hohn. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Saturday, July 24 brought on a new slew of trade rumors and possibilities, however most of what was discussed among teams surrounded Arizona ace Dan Haren.

But there were still a few developments in the Roy Oswalt sweepstakes.

The first, but certainly not the most important development, is that the Twins have taken their name out of the talks after being rumored to have been interested of Friday, July 23. The Twins never seemed like a real threat to land Oswalt to begin with after he stated that Minnesota was not one of the teams that he’d accept a trade to, despite the fact that they’ve won five division titles in eight years. Perhaps an open stadium in a colder climate played a role in that decision.

Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch  reported that the Cardinals proposed an offer to Houston that would’ve sent struggling shortstop Brendan Ryan and an unnamed player to Houston, perhaps Shelby Miller, for Oswalt. However, Houston rejected the offer.

The Astros then engaged the Los Angeles Dodgers about a deal involving Oswalt. They asked the Dodgers for both major league position players and prospects, to which the Dodgers quickly said “no, thank you.”

So as it stands, the Cardinals still appear to be the team most likely to land Oswalt, but that likelihood is still not growing by much. If a deal does go through, it’s almost a guarantee that it won’t happen until July 31.

That’s because of two main reasons.

The first is that Roy Oswalt has two more starts at home, tonight against the Cincinnati Reds, and Friday July 30 against the Milwaukee Brewers. He asked to push his last start back so that he could have these two starts at home in order to try to match and break the Astros record for wins at home in Minute Maid Park.

He currently sits at 143 wins, one behind Joe Niekro.

Despite asking to be traded to a contender two months ago, Oswalt admitted how much it would mean to him to attain the win milestone, and he hasn’t backed down from that claim.

The other reason that this deal won’t get done right away is that the Astros fully understand the increasing desire that teams are having for Oswalt. Waiting it out would ensure the best opportunity for them to put together a deal that best suits them. Similar to how the Blue Jays were last season with Roy Halladay, the Astros are in the driver’s seat. They can dictate the type of value they get in return for Oswalt, so there’s really no need for them to do this deal until they absolutely have to.

However, unlike the Halladay situation, this trade looks like it’s destined to happen before the deadline.

There are certainly other components that will play major roles in where Oswalt ends up, namely Phillies All-Star outfielder Jayson Werth. The Phillies have actively been trying to deal Werth for a while now, but even more so in the last week in order to create room for Oswalt.

The Tampa Bay Rays have been in serious talks for nearly a week about Werth, and Colorado is beginning to inquire about him as well.

With the names available and the needs of each team involved, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a three-team blockbuster trade happen.


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