According to Ken Rosenthal, the Roy Oswalt deal to Philadelphia is official and the parameters are as such.
Phillies Get: Roy Oswalt, $11 million
Astros Get: LHP J.A. Happ, OF Anthony Gose, SS Jonathan Villar
In addition, the Phillies raised the contract buy-out for Oswalt next year from $1 million to $2 million.
I will have a full post up on Oswalt hopefully later tonight, but here are my first thoughts…
- People will say (and rightfully so) that the Phillies by far got the best end of this year. But Happ has shown that he can be a big league pitcher, and a good one. “Bigger” names like Kyle Drabek, Phillippe Aumont and J.C. Ramirez have not. The intrigue of prospects often makes them overvalued in these deals.
- That being said, the fact we didn’t give up Singleton, Cosart or Colvin is amazing.
- The fact that we are actually getting A LOT of money from the Astros is shocking.
- Gose and Villar aren’t big losses to me. Could very well be everyday players, but I personally didn’t see either having star potential.
- This trade officially makes us the Yankees of the NL – and that does make my stomach hurt JUST a little bit
- On Oswalt – I think he’s going to be a great addition, I think he’s going to pitch very well, and I think he’s going to like Philly more than he thinks he will.
- That said, I think it’s important that fans don’t expect Lee or Halladay. We’ve been spoiled the last 2 years, and we need to support Oswalt. I would expect him to be about as good as Hamels has been this year. He’s not quite what he was before, but he’s still very good.
- Oswalt’s back problems are a concern, but they haven’t caused him to miss long periods of time for awhile, and considering what we gave up for him, it’s a risk you have to take.
- There are also concerns that his stuff has dropped a little, but I his H/9 and K/9 numbers this year are fantastic. I can’t see him having a big enough drop-off in production next year that would not make this year worth it.
- “Why didn’t we keep Cliff Lee then” – because that would have given us a super-rotation for 1 year, this gives us one for potentially 2 1/2. That wasn’t the plan, but that’s how it ended up. This shows that the Phillies goal is not to make decisions based on 1 year, but based on several years ahead. If you can’t let Cliff Lee go now, you should find a new team.
- We’ve got Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels in our rotation for the next 15 months at least. I can’t tell you how giddy that makes me.
Two kind of important questions…
- Uhhh…. can we make the playoffs?
- Uhhh…. who is going to close out all these great starts?
No matter. Right now things couldn’t be better. 7-game winning streak. Dom Brown promoted. Roy Oswalt coming to join Doc and Co.
Oswalt will start tomorrow against the Nationals.