Thursday, July 29, 2010

Phils land Oswalt

Roy Oswalt has agreed to the proposed trade that sends him to Philadelphia in exchange for three players.

Along with J.A. Happ, the Phils will send minor-league outfielder Anthony Gose and minor-league shortstop Jonathan Villar to Houston. The Astros will pay $11 million of Oswalt's remaining contract.

It was rumored that Houston GM Ed Wade was interested in Class A first baseman Jonathan Singleton. The 18 year old is batting .319 with 12 home runs and 57 RBI. It's unknown whether the Phillies were unwilling to part with Singleton.

Most Phillies fans will hate to see Happ go. While Oswalt has been a tremendous pitcher throughout his career, Happ is much younger and has pitched very well for the Phillies. Happ has a ton of upside and is 14-5 with a 3.11 ERA in his career.

Oswalt clearly won't be around as long as Happ would have, but his presence gives the Phillies one of the best 1-2-3 punches in MLB. Unfortunately, Oswalt's performance will likely be compared to Cliff Lee's, as people continue to complain about Lee's trade.

It is unclear when Oswalt will make his Phillies debut. He was scheduled to pitch for Houston tomorrow, and Happ was scheduled to pitch tomorrow for the Phillies.

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