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.