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Phillies Trade J.A. Happ For Roy Oswalt

98938788 e1280424004110 Phillies Trade J.A. Happ For Roy OswaltThe rumored trade of Roy Oswalt to the Phillies that gained steam overnight is  a done deal.

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Roy Oswalt has agreed to waive his no-trade clause, clearing the way for the trade to the Phillies.

The trade will send J.A. Happ and two prospects, Anthony Gose and Jonathan Villar, to the Astros in return for Oswalt. The Astros will also pick up $11 million of the $23 million still owed on Oswalt’s contract.

It had been rumored that Oswalt was demanding that the Phillies agree to pick up the option the 2012 year of his deal, but that wasn’t necessary. The Phillies are required to pay Oswalt $2 million as a buyout for that year instead of $1 million though.

The Phillies were also able to make the deal without trading Jonathan Singleton, whom it had been rumored that the Astros were asking for.

Oswalt will make his first start for the Phillies on Friday, against the Nationals.

  • Bobby Z

    Ruben gave away the better pitcher. Ruben, please leave Philadelphia.

  • Patrick....

    The Phils, are Spending Money FINALLY, I think I smell baseball in Oct. & Nov. Keep up the Good Work Mr. Amaro

  • Arthur Huppert

    Celebrate! This the best that the Phils could do now (short of getting back Lee, impossible right now). Oswalt is a gamer, who’ll do well here. He is an experienced pro. We’ll see what he has Friday, no?

  • GMinWaiting

    Wow, Wade did not get Singleton.

    The eleven million dollars is for what?

    This “trade” should be under investigation by the Commissioner’s office.


  • GMinWaiting

    Hey, any genius here ever hear of Jonathan Singleton? He has a .948 OPS at Lakewood. He’s only 18 years old. He’s one of the best hitting prospects in the minors. Ed Wade was at Lakewood scouting him.

    You may be crying soon.

    • Spike

      If he’s 18, we probably won’t be crying for 4 or 5 years.

      • GMinWaiting

        Actually he profiles as a kid who hits in the big leagues when he’s twenty, like Jason Heyward.

        Singleton would be great to package with a couple good pitching prospects for a young third baseman like David Wright or Ryan Zimmerman.

      • Spike

        They didn’t trade Singleton anyway.

  • Bobby Z

    This is a bad move. Happ will put up better numbers this year than Oswalt and will only get better in time. The Phillies never gave that kid the chance he deserved. Charlie mismanaged him in the playoffs and Ruben never believed in this kid. He has legit stuff Ruben. Good luck to you Happ, you are a far better pitcher than this Philly organization ever would lead us to believe. You have proven your self time and time again and I hope you dominate out in Houston.

    • Spike

      When you watched Happ pitch, what about his stuff looked legit to you?

      I thought JA Happ was a nice pitcher, but always seemed to allow a lot of baserunners, and never ever looked dominant.

      And what about this season so far makes you think JA Happ will have better numbers than Oswalt for the rest of the year?

      • Phil from G-ville

        No facts, just intuition here. While this looks great on paper, I just have a sense that Oswalt is going to be one of those guys who hits the wall, whether it be because of injury or bad fit. I hope I’m wrong. And Happ’s rookie campaign was dominant at times, and he was arguably the Phillies most consistent starter last year.
        Again, I suspect that Happ is going to be better than .500, but there’s not enough information to be secure with that thought. So, no facts, just intuition.

      • Spike

        Agreed that Happs numbers last year were great. I just watched the guy, and I was never all that impressed. Some good pitchers are like that, for sure, but I definitely never SAW anything all that impressive.

        Even if he’s a lefty that eats up innings and wins 12 games for the rest of his career, we still gave up SOMETHING.

        That being said, if in return we get the Roy Oswalt that we’ve seen in past years, I think it was worth Happ.

  • pat

    they still should have never traded C. Lee and they wouldn’t have to have done this

    • Spike

      Cliff Lee is gone. Accept it.

  • Chuck Bailer

    I don’t know what’s wrong with you so-called phillies fans! Anybody who wouldn’t do this deal knows nothing about baseball because Oswalt is a much better pitcher then Happ! I would suggest that you guys learn the game before you blog about it!

    • Brian

      Relax there Chuckie. I blog does not represent 2 million Philly Phans. Obviously this would be a great move. Finally a real 1,2 and 3.

  • BeBop

    Halladay, Hamels and Oswalt?

    I love the smell of October in the morning…

  • Steve

    Why didn;t they just keep Lee???

    • Spike

      Because they didn’t.

  • al gillis

    Tell Reuben to come to his senses-this gut doesn’t want to be here so let him drown in losses in Houston. Enough of his demands-he is 6-12 for a reason. Happ is probably a better pitcher when he is healthy. Amaro apparently doesn’t think 7 in a row is good enough and wants to shake up the troops again like he did with trading Lee

    • Spike

      I disagree with your view on this here.

      7 in a row isn’t good enough when you’re still out of the playoffs. I don’t think trading JA Happ, a guy who has started one game all year is a “shakeup.” Even if Oswalt is your third best pitcher, it puts us in a better position than if Blanton, Happ or Kendrick is the third starter.

      Also, when he’s healthy, JA Happ is not as good a pitcher as Roy Oswalt. Who knows about 2 or 3 years down the road, but I’d still bet we didn’t give up anything too special in Happ. I like Happ, but I think he’s a .500 pitcher.

    • Chuck Bailer

      I agree with Spike on his view and disagree with yours! If you think that Happ’s a better pitcher than Oswalt your out of your mind! This move gives the phillies a great chance to back to the ws and win it this year and that’s all that matters! And Oswalt would have a winning record if he was on a better team!

      • Spike

        Thanks for the support Chuck!

  • Ron

    Has disaster written all over it. He openly stated that he didn’t want to be here or in an environment like New York. Did an 8 game winning streak suddenly change his mind? A quiet, southern boy who won’t be able to take the heat/criticism from Phillie fans the first time that he has a lousy outing. Sounds like it could be Scott Rolen all over again.


    i wish someone would absolutely confirm this

    • Spike

      The teams are always the last to confirm.

      It’s done.

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