Location not an issue for Oswalt

When it comes to a preferred destination, Astros right-hander Roy Oswalt isn’t being too picky, as long as he gets a chance to play for a contender.

Oswalt, who has been the center of trade speculation since he asked for a trade two months ago, reiterated Monday the stance he’s had since May in that he’d be willing to play in any region of the country – East Coast and West Coast included – if it meant he’d be in a pennant race.

“Location doesn’t matter,” he said.

Oswalt, scheduled to start Friday against the Brewers at Minute Maid Park in his latest attempt to tie the club’s all-time wins record, has been pursued heavily by the Phillies and Cardinals, both of whom he’d be willing to waive his no-trade clause to finish the season.

Oswalt, who is 6-12 with a 3.42 ERA, is owed the remainder of the $15 million he was scheduled to make this year, along with $16 million next year. He has a $16 million club option for 2012, but has said money won’t be an issue if he finds a deal he likes.

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