Oswalt approves deal, headed to Phillies
Roy Oswalt, arguably the greatest pitcher to wear an Astros uniform, is headed to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Oswalt told the Astros on Thursday afternoon he would waive his no-trade clause in order to approve a trade to the two-time defending National League champions, a person close to the negotiations told MLB.com. The two sides were working the finalize and the deal, which is expected to be announced today.
The Astros and Phillies reached a deal Wednesday night to send Oswalt to the Phillies if the pitcher agreed to waive his no-trade clause. Left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ and Minor League outfielder Anthony Gose and Minor League shortstop Jonathan Villar are headed to the Astros, who are also expected to pay a portion of Oswalt’s contract.
When reached by MLB.com earlier Thursday afternoon, Oswalt said he hadn’t made a decision.
“No news yet,” he said.
Oswalt is owed about $5 million more this year and is due to make $16 million next season in the last year of his contract, but there’s a club option for 2012 that would pay him another $16 million. He said last week the option wouldn’t be an issue when it came to approving a trade.
Oswalt (6-12, 3.42 ERA) was scheduled to pitch Friday in an attempt to tie the club’s all-time wins record of 143. The late Joe Niekro holds the record with 144 career wins and will hold that honor for the near future.