Oswalt reacts to latest trade rumors

Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt, who asked the team to try to trade him to a contender earlier this year, told reporters Wednesday morning he hadn’t been approached by the team about any possible deals

“I don’t know anything about it,” he said. “I really don’t. I saw it on TV this morning actually. I’ve seen a bunch of other things on TV news and whatever. Until I get told something, I don’t know.”

Oswalt, 32, is having a terrific season, with a 6-11 record that is the result of poor run support. He has made 19 starts and has a 3.12 ERA. He’s scheduled to make his next start Saturday at Minute Maid Park against the Reds and needs one win to tie the franchise record of 144 career victories.

Originally scheduled to pitch the first game after the All-Star break, Oswalt asked management to push him back in the rotation to allow him to have an additional start home with a shot break the record. He’ll now have one chance to tie and possibly one to break it at home.

Frustrated with a lack of run support and the Astros’ slow start, Oswalt’s agent, Bob Garber, called McLane in May and requested he be traded to a contender. Oswalt hasn’t been clear about which teams he would approve being traded to, short of saying he wanted to a chance to play for a contender.

“Until they come up to me, there’s really nothing I can do,” Oswalt said. “I don’t want to go up to them and ask them every time something comes across the ticker. So until they come to me, I’ll just wait and seen.”

When asked specifically about the possibility of playing for the Phillies, Oswalt said: “It would have to work for both of us. If it don’t work for of us, no. But if it does, maybe.”

1 Comment

I would have no trouble trading straight up for a major league or AAA 1st baseman or left fielder – throw in the money necessary for the deal. Lee and Berkman could then be dealt for down the line prospects.

It will be easier for McLane to sell the team if he can show it is young and improving.

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