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Unassisted
04-24-2008, 07:55 PM
http://nationalpost.pa-sportsticker.com/default.aspx?s=mlb-news-display&nid=A10241881209074442A


Astros P Oswalt downplays trade rumors

Published: Thursday, April 24, 2008

Roy Oswalt addressed rumors concerning his future Thursday, claiming he would consider waiving his no-trade clause if the Houston Astros specifically asked him to.

In a brief meeting with reporters prior to Thursday's 5-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, Oswalt admitted he would listen to the Astros if they approached him with a trade offer.

"If management came to you and asked you if you'd approve a trade, that just goes to show that a team doesn't want you," Oswalt told reporters. "So why wouldn't you? If a team doesn't want you to play there, why wouldn't you approve a trade?"

Speculation regarding Oswalt's status arose recently when ESPN reported that the Astros were interested in trading the ace righthander, with the New York Yankees positioned as the front-runner to land his services.

But Oswalt downplayed the rumor Thursday.

"I don't know where (the report) came from," Oswalt said. "I don't know where (ESPN) is getting that from. That came out of left field somewhere."
Astros general manager Ed Wade also dispelled the trade talks, arguing that he had no interest in dealing away Oswalt.

"I haven't had any discussions with any of our players that have no-trade clauses," Wade told the Astros' web site. "I'm tickled to death we have a No. 1 starter. Anything about a trade, it's all news to me."

Oswalt, 30, is 2-3 with a 6.00 ERA in five starts this season. A three-time All-Star, he has reached double figures in wins in each of his first seven seasons, reaching the 14-win mark six times over that stretch.

A Mississippi native, Oswalt owns a career record of 114-57 with a 3.13 ERA in parts of eight seasons, all with Houston.

Tom Servo
04-24-2008, 09:23 PM
Get him out of the Central and in the NL in general and I am thrilled. Hell, maybe the Astros should try selling Berkman off too.

GAC
04-24-2008, 09:28 PM
I figure the Yanks will be in the contest for Sabbathia at season's end. He'll walk from Cleveland because he wants Santana money. He also wants to be near home on the west coast, but money talks. ;)

MrCinatit
04-25-2008, 03:18 AM
Let the Yankees take him. Then he'll stop beating the Reds 5 times a year.

redsrule2500
04-25-2008, 03:22 AM
I'm for it...obviously lol

harangatang
04-25-2008, 04:16 AM
Let the Yankees take him. Then he'll stop beating the Reds 5 times a year.The Reds might have won the World Series in '06 if Oswalt pitched for the Yanks...:D

KronoRed
04-25-2008, 12:04 PM
We should get him first.

Unassisted
04-25-2008, 12:12 PM
We should get him first.
I wondered if this would come up. :D

Going after Oswalt could be the truest test of how committed to winning Castellini is. It'll take a trade to pry Oswalt loose and to convince Houston to let him stay in the division, the Reds will have to give up a quality player. Should the Reds include Dunn in a trade for him?

OldRightHander
04-25-2008, 12:26 PM
I wondered if this would come up. :D

Going after Oswalt could be the truest test of how committed to winning Castellini is. It'll take a trade to pry Oswalt loose and to convince Houston to let him stay in the division, the Reds will have to give up a quality player. Should the Reds include Dunn in a trade for him?

Knowing our luck, Dunn would go there and become the next Berkman. He'll end up with 800 career HRs and about 500 of them will be against the Reds.

Unassisted
04-25-2008, 12:29 PM
Knowing our luck, Dunn would go there and become the next Berkman. He'll end up with 800 career HRs and about 500 of them will be against the Reds.You left out the part about Oswalt's right arm falling off on the flight to Cincinnati after the trade is made. ;)

KronoRed
04-25-2008, 08:21 PM
Dunn can be had after this season so I doubt he'd be a key piece, the asking price probably starts with Bruce