There are now about three full days left until the non-waiver deadline hits, and the Roy Oswalt situation doesn't seem to be developing particularly well. Astros owner Drayton McLane chimes in with what he thinks about the chances of the whole thing reaching some resolution:
"I'd say it's about 60 percent that something could be done and 40 percent that Roy will be here next year," McLane told the Chronicle.
60 percent actually sounds somewhat optimistic, with the Cardinals dropping out and the Dodgers reportedly having trouble finding a match, but the Phillies may get antsy, or McLane and Astros GM Ed Wade may lower their asking price.
For Oswalt's part, he'd prefer not to have to make a quick decision:
"I'm hoping I'm not going to get it dropped on me an hour before deadline to give me a little bit of time to think about it, but I think it will work out," Oswalt said.
This whole story just has the feeling of one that's going to stretch right up until deadline time. In that event, sorry, Roy.