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MLB Trade Rumors: Phillies, Astros Discuss Roy Oswalt Deal, But Financial Complications Remain

Wednesday evening brings us an interesting update on the whole Roy Oswalt affair, from Jayson Stark:

Officials of multiple teams that have been speaking with the two clubs said Wednesday they believed the Phillies and Astros were close enough to agreeing on the players who would go to Houston that the players were no longer viewed as a major obstacle.

But then, the players involved are only part of this proposed deal. Another part is money. And, well:

However, one source said there was still "a large gulf" between the teams on how large a portion of the $23 million remaining on Oswalt's contract the Astros would be willing to pay.

The Phillies need the Astros to pick up a big chunk of the tab, but the Astros, at least so far, appear unwilling. And this doesn't even touch on the question of whether Oswalt would waive his no-trade clause and accept a deal to Philadelphia in the first place. Oswalt said that St. Louis was his preferred destination, and he may not be the biggest fan of going to a Phillies team that as of right now is on the outside of the playoff picture looking in.

Still lots of time to go, which means plenty more twists.