Oswalt plays wait-and-see game

Now that Cliff Lee is off the market, could Roy Oswalt be the next big-name pitcher to be dealt ahead of the July 31 deadline? Oswalt was asked Friday if he thought he expects to hear about more trade possibilities now that Lee has been dealt.

“This is my first time [going through this],” he said. “I don’t know.”

Rangers president Nolan Ryan told MLB.com last month he was interested in acquiring Oswalt, who earlier this year requested the Astros trade him to a contender.

“That’s a good pick-up for them,” Oswalt said. “Lee’s a good pitcher, and adding a quality starting pitcher should make them better.”

Oswalt is 6-10 with a 3.08 ERA in 18 starts this year and is coming off a one-hit shutout thrown against the Pirates on Thursday at Minute Maid Park. Scouts from the Phillies, Mets, Twins, Rays and Dodgers were among those on hand to watch Oswalt pitch Thursday, but nothing appears imminent.

“They told me they’d come to me first and tell me what they have on the table, and they haven’t told me anything,” Oswalt said Friday.

Oswalt still has the remainder of his $15 million salary this year and is set to be paid $16 million next year, making him a much more difficult commodity to trade than Lee.

– Brian McTaggart
 

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