Discussions Begin Over Where Roy Oswalt Would Allow Himself To Be Traded

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Uncertainty Looms Over Destinations For Which Roy Oswalt Would Waive No-Trade Clause

Roy Oswalt has already said that he'd like to be traded to a winner, so, naturally, with his being a big name, rumors are starting to fly. Problem? Roy Oswalt has a full no-trade clause.

Ed Price hears the following:

• An official from another team said word going around is that Roy Oswalt would approve a trade only to the Phillies, Yankees or Cardinals.

However, just yesterday, Adam Kilgore reported this:

Oswalt, who has requested a trade from the 17-34 Astros, said he would be willing to play "anywhere" he can contend. He cited the Nationals' offensive potential and the ensuing call-up of phenom Stephen Strasburg as reasons for his potential interest in playing in Washington.

So, while Oswalt would like to be traded, right now it's unclear just where such a trade could send him. The Yankees, Phillies, and Cardinals are all good teams, so they make sense, but they're not the only good teams in baseball, and narrowing it to those three limits Oswalt and the Astros' options.

Oswalt's salary, you'll recall, is a big deal. Remember that not every team can afford to take on his price tag without at least a little help from Houston.

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GM Confirms Oswalt's Trade Request

Lest anyone suggest that the report out of Chicago was untruthful, here's Richard Justice to pour vinegar in your wounds:

Astros GM Ed Wade has just confirmed that Roy Oswalt has asked to be traded.

Roy Oswalt, as a $2m pitcher, would bring the Astros back a bounty. Roy Oswalt, as a $16m pitcher, isn't nearly as valuable, so for those hoping that Houston would be able to re-stock a troubled farm system by dealing its ace, you might want to reconsider your expectations.

If, of course, Oswalt gets traded at all.

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Roy Oswalt Requests To Be Traded From Last-Place Astros

If you're a baseball fan, you might've noticed that the Houston Astros are bad. At 14-27, they're bringing up the rear in the National League, this a year after finishing 74-88. Their offense has been one of the worst in baseball history to date, and though the roster is littered with recognizable names, those names haven't done enough to keep the team afloat.

And now, on top of all that, one of those names apparently wants to be traded.

The July 31 trading deadline is more than two months away, but one of baseball's best pitchers has asked to be put on the market.

Houston Astros ace Roy Oswalt, a three-time National League All-Star, has asked owner Drayton McLane Jr. to be traded, a source said Friday.

Leaving aside the curiosity of why this story's coming from Chicago, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Oswalt is 32, and he hasn't pitched in the playoffs since 2005. Like anyone, he wants to win, and he can probably read the writing on the wall and understand that the Astros won't be winning any time soon.

Oswalt remains a remarkably effective and durable pitcher. He's made every start so far in 2010, and between 2004-2009, he started 196 games and threw 1301.1 innings. He's established a track record of posting shiny ERA's and striking out more than three times as many guys as he walks, and the whole package is an arm that most any team would be happy to call its #1 or #2. Complicating matters is that Oswalt doesn't come cheap - he has a $15m salary this year, and $16m in 2011 - but it isn't an unworkable situation. If Oswalt truly wants out, there should be some interest in his services, and the Astros should be able to bring back a handful of prospects.

This'll be an interesting situation to monitor. With Oswalt, the Astros are bad. If Oswalt gets dealt - and if others, then, get dealt as well - things could turn historical.

Check out more on the story at The Crawfish Boxes.

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