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Roundup: Haren, Oswalt talks still developing

With now exactly a week remaining until next Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline, it’s a safe bet that trade talks are beginning to heat up. The talk of the baseball world still is whether the D-backs will swap Dan Haren elsewhere and whether the Astros will trade veteran Roy Oswalt.

Both pitchers continued to be the subject of much speculation on Saturday. After it appeared that the Yankees had emerged as front-runners for the services of Haren on Friday night, reported on Saturday that the Yankees are interested, but they hadn’t gotten any farther than exchanging names with Arizona.  The report suggested the D-backs were asking for Joba Chamberlain along with pitching prospect Ivan Nova and two other prospects — an offer the Yanks balked at.

Many reports key in on the Haren’s $33 million salary for this season, namely who will pay the remainder, as a possible deciding factor in any trade. A Twitter report from ESPN’s Buster Olney suggested there had been no talks between the two clubs on Saturday.

The Cards and Phillies have made their desire to land Oswalt well known, but it remains to be seen if either club is willing to give up the prospects and big-league ready talent necessary to land Oswalt. While the Yanks are in play for Haren, they are reportedly not in the mix for Oswalt, according to’s Ken Rosenthal.

Here’s a look at other happenings around the Majors on Saturday:

Gary Matthews Jr. officially opted out of his contract with the Reds after a strong showing with Triple-A Louisville hitting .313. Matthews is reportedly looking for a big league job.

Ben Sheets, who had been the subject of trade fodder earlier this season, landed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with right elbow pain. It’s the same elbow that caused him to miss the 2009 surgery after undergoing surgery. His timetable is unknown, but this could eliminate most trade discussions.

– Brewers outfielder Corey Hart, who injured his thumb in last night’s contest against the Nationals, had his MRI results come back negative on Saturday, according to a tweet from Rosenthal. There have reportedly been many teams interested in acquiring Hart as the Trade Deadline approaches so it’s not clear how this may affect his trade value.

Bailey Stephens 


Roundup: Haren, Oswalt chatter continues

Many contending clubs are looking for reliable starting pitching (who isn’t really?), and so the attainable Roy Oswalt and Dan Haren are hot topics of discussion with the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline now just eight days away. 

Regarding Oswalt, the Dodgers, Cardinals and Phillies have reportedly all reached out to the Astros to try and work something out. The Cardinals seem like Oswalt’s most desired destination. The 32-year-old right-hander, who has a full no-trade clause, grew up in nearby Mississippii and has said he would not force the Cardinals to pick up his 2012 option for $16 million — something he would reportedly demand of a team like the Phillies. 
The Dodgers, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, are also looking into Oswalt and have discussed names with Houston. The Astros, Stark added, would prefer not to trade Oswalt to a divisional opponent. According to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Astros seek two top prospects, a third Minor Leaguer and a young player who’s Major League ready for Oswalt. Perhaps those demands come down as the Deadline approaches. 
Regarding Haren, D-backs CEO Derrick Hall said he has no urgency to move the right-hander and would need “an A-plus deal” to ship him out. As’s Steve Gilbert wrote, the D-backs are hesitant to move both Haren and Edwin Jackson. The Tigers, Yankees, Phillies, Cardinals and Twins have all been linked to Haren. According to, Haren would have to approve a deal to the Twins and Tigers. 
Here’s more from around the league … 
* The Athletics signed catcher Kurt Suzuki to a four-year extension. The deal runs through 2013, Suzuki’s arbitration years, and includes a club option for 2014. 
* The Giants, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney, scouted Jose Guillen on Thursday night. 
* With Carlos Beltran back in the lineup and Jeff Francoeur‘s playing time dwindling, the Mets are looking to trade Francoeur, according to The New York Post. 
* David DeJesus, the subject of much speculation, will miss the rest of the season after suffering a complete ligament tear in his right thumb on Thursday, according to The Kansas City Star. His surgery is set for Monday. 
* The Rays do not expect to acquire Jayson Werth, Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown reported via Twitter. 
— Alden Gonzalez

Roundup: Buzz says Oswalt in, Werth out in Philly

In need of a starter for Saturday’s game, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. cryptically said Tuesday: “I think we we know exactly what we’re going to do.” Perhaps a starter, like Ben Sheets, Dan Haren, Jeremy Guthrie or Roy Oswalt is headed to Philadelphia? The club optioned Kyle Kendrick to the Minor Leagues that same day, and later that night, veteran Jamie Moyer sustained an injury that will likely put him on the disabled list, so starting pitching is needed in Philly. wrote about “indications” that the Phillies were in the midst of a “major deal” to acquire a starting pitcher in hopes of salvaging their season on Tuesday night. But on Wednesday afternoon, they followed-up by reporting that Oswalt “could be on the verge of blowing up a potential deal,” since he wants any team that acquires him to guarantee his $16 million option for 2012. For now, the Phillies are balking at that offer. added that it’d probably be J.A. Happ moving in an Oswalt deal, and the club is also looking to move struggling outfielder Jayson Werth (a free agent after this season). 
Astros owner Drayton McLane told’s Brian McTaggart that no deal involving Oswalt appeared imminent as of Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, Oswalt — owner of a full no-trade clause — told reporters he hasn’t been approached about any possible trades. 
With less than two weeks remaining until the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, here’s more buzz from around the league … 
* The White Sox, according to’s Ken Rosenthal, are “trying to accelerate talks” with the Brewers for slugging first baseman Prince Fielder. The problem, Rosenthal notes, is Milwaukee wants a starting pitcher, and they view trade candidate Daniel Hudson as only a middle-of-the-rotation starter. White Sox GM Ken Williams said recently that the market was not to his benefit
* The Mets reportedly signed Chad Cordero to a Minor League contract on Wednesday, but they apparently want even more relief help. wrote that the Mets are currently focused on the relief-pitching market and are eyeing the Pirates’ Octavio Dotel and the Blue Jays’ Scott Downs
* Seeking bench strength, the Yankees are looking into the Indians’ Jhonny Peralta and the Marlins’ Wes Helms, according to Rosenthal, who added that the price for Jose Bautista and Ty Wigginton were too high. 
* Pedro Martinez will not pitch in 2010, his agent, Fernando Cuza, told But he has not officially retired. 
* The Giants, Tigers, White Sox and Braves have inquired about Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista, Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan reported via Twitter. 
— Alden Gonzalez

No trade appears imminent for Astros

Despite reports right-hander Roy Oswalt could be the target of a deal involving the pitching-thirsty Philadelphia Phillies, no deal with the Astros ace appeared imminent Tuesday night. Oswalt, who is scheduled to start Saturday in an attempt to tie the club’s all-time wins record, has been the center of trade rumors since he made it public he had requested a trade to a contender.

The Phillies, who sent Kyle Kendrick to the Minors on Monday and are in need of a starting pitcher for Saturday, are involved in talks to acquire a starting pitcher, according to an report.

Astros general manager Ed Wade, who spent several years as GM in Philadelphia and while in Houston pulled off the blockbuster deal that sent Brad Lidge to Philly, has a policy not to comment on trades.

Oswalt had left the visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field before reporters entered Tuesday night, and he didn’t return a message from

Oswalt, who is 6-11 with a 3.12 ERA, is owed more than $7 million for the rest of this year and will make $16 million next year, which makes dealing him difficult. He also has a no-trade clause and would have to approve any potential deals, but he has said several times recently he wants to play for a contender.

Brian McTaggart

Roundup: Deadline drawing closer

With just over 10 days left to the big day, buzz is starting to populate in all corners of the league as teams decide if they are going to buyers or sellers. Will the Mets pick up a starting pitcher to help carry them down the stretch? Will the Astros send Roy Oswalt somewhere for a big return? Will we see Ted Lilly or Dan Haren on the move soon? We’ll know soon enough, but for today here’s a look around the league on Tuesday:

— Starting pitching buzz has pretty much dominated the talks on the market and a name being tossed around by some clubs is Indians starter Jake Westbrook. But according to Fox’s Ken Rosenthal, Westbrook won’t come cheap. The starter has a clause in his contract that says he’ll recieve a $2 million bonus if traded and his salary is set to increase by a pro-rated portion of $1 million. As Rosenthal points out, this could prevent clubs that have salary constraints, such as the Mets and Dodgers, from making a move. Westbrook is also a free agent at the end of the season, so a club could potentially try to lock him up for the long-term, but that seems less likely.

Rosenthal also touched on the case of Oswalt, Houston’s ace hurler. Major League sources suggested to Rosenthal that the market for the veteran hurler is slow and seeing limited interest. This is presumably because of his large contract, set to pay him $6 million more this season and $16 million next season.

— Heading into the second half of the season, there are a lot of teams that would love to have Nationals veteran Adam Dunn’s bat in the lineup. But all signs coming out of the Nationals have indicated that it was going to take A LOT to move Dunn. The Washington Post added to that on Tuesday, suggesting that Washington needed to be wow-ed to move Dunn. Adam Kilgore of the Post offers the White Sox as a team that could put together a solid offer for Dunn.

— There have been several reports that the Dodgers are being very aggressive on the market this year, despite their budget constraints. First on the wish list? Possibly a left-handed starter as an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Tuesday reports that according to a source, the Dodgers are eyeing Paul Maholm. Maholm is currently the Pirates’ highest paid player on the active roster, with a $4.5 million salary. He looked impressive in his last start, tossing a three-hit shutout at the Astros. Overall, Maholm is 6-7, with a 4.08 ERA. The Dodgers have also been linked to interest in Oswalt and Lilly.

— Add the Phillies to the list of teams looking for starting pitching.  Less than 24 hours after he allowed seven runs in five innings against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.  It is unclear if he will take Kendrick’s spot in the rotation or serve as a long man in the bullpen until the Phillies make another move. The Phillies have said left-hander J.A. Happ will help them at some point this season. They also are trying to acquire a starting pitcher in a trade.


Bailey Stephens 


Roundup: White Sox, Oswalt a match?

Jon Heyman of and MLB Network brought up that possibility on Sunday night, when he wrote on his Twitter account that the White Sox “might” consider adding Roy Oswalt after Cliff Lee signed with the Rangers, though they are “leery” about how he’ll react to switching from the National League to the American League for the first time. 
Ken Rosenthal of wrote via Twitter recently that Oswalt would use his full no-trade clause to block a trade to the White Sox and Tigers. But perhaps that changes. 
Oswalt said he’s not really sure how the Lee deal impacts his situation, but the White Sox — after a furious one-month run — are in the thick of things in the AL Central and are almost assured of being buyers before the non-waiver Trade Deadline. Since Jake Peavy is expected to miss the rest of the season, Chicago will likely need starting-pitching help if they hope for a division title. 
Oswalt would come at a pro-rated price tag of $15 million. The 32-year-old right-hander is owed $16 million next season and then has a $16 million option (with a $2 million buyout) for 2012. The Mets, Dodgers, Rays, Twins and several others could also be interested in adding a veteran starter like Oswalt. 
Here’s more from around the league as we await the State Farm Home Run Derby … 
* The Angels plan on pursuing speedy left fielder Carl Crawford when he becomes a free agent this offseason, according to For that reason, and because Kendry Morales is expected back in 2011, the club doesn’t want to acquire a first baseman who’s signed beyond the rest of this season. 
* It doesn’t look like the first-place Padres will be sellers before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, but it looks like they’ll be looking into smaller deals, according to the San Diego Union Tribune. Lance Berkman and Jermaine Dye are two guys San Diego is looking into for the outfield, the newspaper stated. 
* The Blue Jays have made three of their late-inning relievers — Scott DownsJason Frasor and Kevin Gregg — available, according to multiple reports. All three of them are free agents at the end of this season and not part of Toronto’s long-term plans. 
* The financially strapped Marlins have made Cody Ross and Jorge Cantu available, but are holding off on Ricky Nolasco and Dan Uggla for now, according to Florida has a long climb ahead of itself in the second half if it hopes to content for a playoff spot, so drastic roster changes may be inevitable
* It would take “an extraordinary deal” for the Nationals to trade slugger Adam Dunn, general manager Mike Rizzo said Sunday. Rizzo also said the club wants Josh Willingham there “long-term.”
— Alden Gonzalez

Roundup: All-Star Break bound

On the final day of the first half of the season, many managers and GM’s had their eyes on the second half and who might help them get to October. Even teams that are decidely out of the hunt made changes heading into the All-Star break on Sunday.

Here’s a rundown from around the league:

– The Astros fall into the latter catagory here and a dismal first half at the plate led to a reassignment for hitting coach Sean Berry. Houston replaced him with one of their own, former Astros great Jeff Bagwell. The longtime first baseman is very well regarded in the organization and could bring a breath of fresh air to the club.

– The Orioles haven’t made an official offer to Buck Showalter as of yet, Dan Connelly of the Baltimore Sun reported on Sunday. Interim manager Juan Samuel will still manage the team out of the gate in the second half, but it could only be a matter of time before Showalter gets the offer, according to Connelly.

– There’s been talk around the league in recent days about the Brewers trying to move some pieces of their lineup, such as Corey Hart and possibly even Prince Fielder. But owner Mark Attanasio told the LA Times that he isn’t sure he’s ready for the team to become a seller, because he thinks they could contend next year, if not this season.

– The streaking White Sox, who recently lost starter Jake Peavy for the long haul, were reportedly in on the Cliff Lee sweepstakes and GM Ken Williams nearly swung a deal for Lee, according to a tweet from’s Jon Heyman on Sunday. The Sox are still looking around, as there are plenty of other options on the market from Arizona’s Dan Haren to Houston’s Roy Oswalt


— Bailey Stephens 




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 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

Oswalt at his best as trade deadline approaches

Based on the way he’s pitched in the first half of the season, Roy Oswalt’s trade value has never been higher. Sure, if the Astros are going to trade Oswalt there are other things that will play into it, such as the amount of money he’s owed, his desire to pick where he wants to go and the prospects the Astros will get in return.

But when you talk about the way he’s performed on the mound, he’s been terrific.

Oswalt threw his second career one-hit shutout by beating the Pirates on Thursday to complete a three-game sweep. It was his 19th career complete game and seventh shutout, and was the first Astros’ one-hitter since 2008 (Wandy Rodriguez).

Oswalt made 18 starts in the first half of the season and went 6-10 with a 3.08 ERA, and 15 of those were quality starts. He entered Thursday with the third-lowest run support in the league, which is why he’s 6-10 instead of 10-6 and going to the All-Star Game.

Oswalt said this is the best first half he’s had in the last few years.

“I feel like it is,” he said. “I had a pretty good year in ’05 at the beginning of the season, but overall the last three or four years it’s probably the best I’ve felt.”

There were numerous scouts on hand to watch Oswalt, including those from the Phillies, Twins, Dodgers, Mets and Rays, all of which could be potential trade targets. Oswalt has asked the Astros to trade him to a contender, and non-waiver deadline is three weeks away (July 31).

“That’s the business part of it,” Oswalt said. “The best part of it is when you step across the white lines you don’t have to worry about it. You go out thre and play the game and give 100 percent and that’s all you can ask for yourself.”

What should help to drive up Oswalt’s trade value even more is how well he’s pitched in second halves in his career. He’s 73-58 in the first half in his career, and 70-22 in the second half. Oswalt is scheduled to open the second half of the season July 16 against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Could it be one of his his last with the Astros?

Brian McTaggart

Where will Oswalt wind up?

Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt figures to be the center of a lot of trade discussion in the month of July. Oswalt has said publicly and the Astros have acknowledged that he has requested to be traded to a contender, and there should be no shortage of teams calling about his services.

Oswalt has 10 losses this year, but has given the Astros 13 quality starts and has been the victim of poor run support. He has a no-trade clause and would have to approve any trade the Astros make, so essentially he would have his pick of teams if the Astros choose to trade him.

But finding a team willing to take on the remainder of Oswalt’s $15 million salary this year and his $16 million salary next year, a team willing to give up top prospects in return and a team that’s in contention that Oswalt would approve a trade to will be very challenging.

The Astros would be willing to pay a portion of Oswalt’ s remaining salary if they get premier prospects they are seeking. Of course, the club isn’t obligated to trade the three-time All-Star. As general manager Ed Wade said in May: “He has a no-trade clause, not a trade-me clause.”

Oswalt is two wins shy of tying the club record of 144, so the month of July should be very interesting.

Brian McTaggart