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The Astros have a deal in place to trade right-hander Roy Oswalt to the Philadelphia Phillies if the ace pitcher agrees to waive his no-trade clause, a person close to the negotiations told MLB.com on Thursday.
The Astros are waiting a response from Oswalt after approaching him about accepting a deal to the Phillies, but the teams have agreed upon the amount of money from Oswalt’s contract the Astros will absorb, as well as the players Houston will get in return.
Oswalt is scheduled to pitch for the Astros on Friday at Minute Maid Park, and the both sides are hoping to get the deal done at some point today.
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.
The Astros have scouted Phillies left-hander J.A. Happ‘s most recent starts, and he likely would be included in the deal.
Happ, 27, is a left-hander who would immediately be inserted into the Astros’ rotation. He went 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA in 35 games last year, including 23 starts, and had three complete games and two shutouts. He was second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting, but has battled through a strained left forearm for much of the year.
Happ is making $470,000 this year, is younger than Oswalt and could be part of the Astros’ rotation for years to come. And if he pitches like he did in 2009, the Astros will have a good piece in their rotation.
The Astros could also be getting Minor League first baseman Jonathan Singleton, the team’s eighth-round pick last year. He’s 18 years old and is hitting .319 with 12 home runs, 57 RBIs and a .962 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in 248 at-bats at Class A Lakewood. He’s a left-handed hitter with power.
The Phillies are reluctant to give up Singleton, which may be why the Astros are willing to put up some money to absorb Oswalt’s contract.
A report late Wednesday said the Astros had agreed to send Roy Oswalt to the Phillies, pending Oswalt’s approval, of course. Details here: http://bit.ly/d8S04t
Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt said Wednesday he and his family would need an ample amount of time to decide if they were going to accept any trade proposals given to him in advance of Saturday afternoon’s Trade Deadline.
Oswalt didn’t give any specifics, but said he doesn’t want to be approached with a trade proposal only an hour or so before the 3 p.m. CT deadline. Oswalt has been the center of trade speculation since he told the club in May he wanted to be traded to a contender.
“I’m hoping it’s not going to be dropped on me an hour before the deadline,” said Oswalt, who would have to waive his no-trade clause to approve any possible trades. “Give me a little bit of time to think about.”
Foxsports.com and KRIV-TV in Houston both reported Wednesday the Cardinals were out of the running for Oswalt, but MLB.com reported Tuesday the Phillies remain top contenders. Oswalt 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.
Oswalt, who’s scheduled to pitch Friday in an attempt to tie the club’s all-time win record, said he hasn’t been approached by the club about any possible trades. And if they do approach him, he wants enough time to make the appropriate decision for him.
“You do need a little bit of time,” he said. “I don’t want it to be two hours before the deadline and have to make a quick decision. I would rather have a little bit of time to think about it.”
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.
Not a whole lot new to report Thursday night, so I’ll keep it simple.
The Astros are continuing to have lots of discussions with several clubs, though nothing of substance. They continue to have dialogue about Roy Oswalt, who has requested to be traded. Every team in contention has kicked the tires on Oswalt, but as MLB.com accurately reported Wednesday the focus at this point is on the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals in the bid for Oswalt’s services.
Meanwhile, Oswalt is focusing on breaking Joe Niekro’s record while addressing trade speculation. He starts against the Reds on Saturday in an effort to try to tie Joe Niekro’s franchise record of 144 wins. Oswalt is 23-2 all-time against the Reds.
J.R. Towles, who began the season as the Astros starting catcher before he was sent down to Double-A Corpus Christi, will have his broken right thumb examined by team physician Dr. Tom Mehlhoff on Friday in Houston. He broke it during a head-first slide on May 13 and it’s not progressing the way the team had hoped.
“He’s still having some soreness and pain and discomfort in his hand and we had to back him off,” said Astros assistant general manager Ricky Bennett, who is in Corpus Christi watching the Hooks.
Bennett also said speedy outfielder T.J. Steele, a fourth-round pick in 2008 who had a nice season in 2009, could be lost for the rest of the year. Steele was hitting .228 with two homers and 18 RBIs in 241 at-bats for Double-A Corpus Christi before he suffered a bone bruise in his left hand while swinging the bat. He’s been out since July 5.
Steele had an MRI in Corpus Christi on Wednesday.
“His wrist issue hasn’t been resolving and he’s got some tendinitis or something else going and there is a possibility he won’t play for the rest of this season at this point,” Bennett said.
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.”