Roy Oswalt trade rumors have been prevalent for the last few weeks. But a Roy Oswalt trade hasn’t happened, as the price might be too high. The Astros ace’s option for 2012 was the biggest obstacle early on, as it may be too pricey for some. However, the Astros themselves are looking to get a lot from this, and their price could also be too much. If a Roy Oswalt trade is to happen, either the pitcher, his old team or those who want to be his new team will have to bend.
When these sweepstakes started, the Phillies looked to be the early favorite, as they badly need pitching help for Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels. However, the Cardinals pulled ahead in the running, even though their rotation is already set and powerful. Yet, if they pulled off a Roy Oswalt trade, to go along with their three aces, it could make the difference in the NL Central.
However, the Cardinals have begun to back off a bit, and may have taken themselves out of the running. According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said that “there may not be a deal out there” to get another pitcher. He is “not encouraged” with things right now, and it may be the Astros’ fault.
The first Roy Oswalt trade obstacle was his $16 million option for 2012, which other teams did not want to take on. But when it was alleged that Oswalt would be willing to work around that with the Cardinals, it seems promising. Yet, now, it is the Astros who may be demanding too much in such a deal.
The other big ace on the market, Arizona’s Dan Haren, was dealt to the Angels for four pitchers. For the Astros, a Roy Oswalt trade may demand the same kind of results, since Oswalt is a more proven big game pitcher. Even if the Cardinals meet such demands, the Astros may hold back on dealing their ace to a division rival.
If this Roy Oswalt trade does not get done, it stands to reason if he will be moved at all. The trade deadline is Saturday, and the two biggest contenders for the pitcher may be dropped out. However, if the Astros lessen their price, the Cardinals could be enticed to make another run. But, if they decide to make an offer to the Phillies, or another contender, Oswalt might not be so willing to work around his option.
Roy Oswalt trade discussion is now the undisputed big story of the deadline, now that Haren is off the market. Yet, if someone doesn’t bend, these talks may result in nothing, like the Roy Halladay sweepstakes last summer. Like Halladay, Oswalt may have to wait until the offseason to reach a new home.
St. Louis Post Dispatch- “Cards look unlikely to get Oswalt”
USA TODAY- “Cardinals may find price for Roy Oswalt too high”