July 29, 2010

Roy Oswalt Flies to the Phillies

After months of speculation, Roy Oswalt has finally been traded.

The winners of the disgruntled player sweepstakes were the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies, not the Cardinals, as had been rumored. As an aside, I’m not sure whether to be happy or sad about that for reasons Amanda stated here. It kind of would’ve been nice seeing the Cardinals raid an already weak farm system for this year. It sure would have set up the Reds nicely for the next few years.

But back to the trade. The Houston Astros sent Roy Oswalt, who waived his no-trade clause, to the Phillies for lefthander J.A. Happ, shortstop Jonathan Villar, and Anthony Gose, who was flipped to the Toronto Blue Jays for minor league first baseman Brett Wallace.

J. A. Happ was a runner-up in the rookie of the year voting last year, and looks to be a solid 3 or 4 starter in the Houston rotation. He’s no Oswalt, but he’ll be serviceable. According to the Crawfish Boxes, Jonathan Villar “has plus-plus speed coupled with a great arm. He has all of the tools to stick at shortstop and be a plus defender there, but needs to work on the skills aspect of his defense.” And Brett Wallace is one of the top first base prospects in the league. Which will be good for the NL Central, which is known for its shortage of awesome first basemen.

For the Reds, this trade means they will not face Roy Oswalt during the regular season again this year. The only way they would face him is if they made the playoffs. And with a first place lead 2 days shy of August, I’m feeling optimistic about the Reds’ chances.

1 comment to “Roy Oswalt Flies to the Phillies”

  1. KC2HMZ says:

    Wallace was a third base prospect when Billy The Genius (NOT) in Oakland obtained him in the Matt Holliday trade last July. Wallace was supposedly one of the key players for the A’s in that deal, but by December he was on his way to Toronto, and the Blue Jays immediately made him a first baseman.

    What I find really interesting about this deal is how Philly GM Ruben Amaro just changed horses in midstream. Even with the Disastros picking up a hefty portion of Oswalt’s salary this year and next, he’s still costing the Phillies slightly more than it would have cost them to keep Cliff Lee this year. So it isn’t the money, and if the reason the Phillies traded Lee was that Amaro felt he’d emptied his minor league cupboard too much in the Roy Halladay trade, then it’s kind of strange that he just traded away two more prospects to get Oswalt. So much for having a plan and sticking to it. Ruben Amaro is no Ed Wade!