- A deal for Roy Oswalt appears imminent. According to MyFOX Houston, the Astros and Phillies ahve agreed to a deal that would send Oswalt to Philadelphia. What the Phils would be sending back is currently unknown, but talks seem to be progressing rapidly and more details could be available shortly overnight.
The deal is dependent upon Oswalt’s acceptance of the deal, as he has a no-trade clause. Rumors have flown in both directions about Oswalt’s desire to play in Philly, but his accepting of a trade would probably put those issues to rest.
Oswalt has a 3.42 ERA this season with 120 strikeouts in 129 innings for the Astros. He is signed through 2011, with a club option for 2012.
- Rumor also has the Phillies interested in the Majors’ home runs leader, Jose Bautista. MLB Trade Rumors has a good post up on that rumor. Bautista would provide right-handed pop, combined with the ability to play third base, as well as corner outfield spots. Bautista was hitting .254/.364/.580 with 30 home runs entering games Thursday.