Roy Oswalt's Decision

I will admit that when word first broke earlier today that former Astros ace, Roy Oswalt, was going to make a decision today and that  both the Rangers and Red Sox were out of it, I was optimistic about his chances of returning to Houston. My thought was that Oswalt would pitch here for the first half of the season, in a familiar setting and be flipped at the deadline to a contender for a chance at a World Series ring. He could also re-establish his market value by pitching here and with whichever contender we were to trade him to. Word then came out that Cardinals GM, stated that they would not be signing Oswalt, I became even more optimistic. However, it was not to be as Oswalt’s agent, Bob Garber, then released a statement stating that Oswalt will wait until mid-season to sign, thus essentially taking the Astros out of the picture.

Does this news upset me? Yes, but not because Oswalt isn’t coming back. I’m now more concerned that the Astros will have difficulty dealing one or both of Wandy Rodriguez and Brett Myers now since Oswalt will essentially be a free agent and will not cost anything to acquire, except for money of course. Say for instance a team such as the Rangers, Cardinals, Braves or even Royals are contending and suffer an injury to one of their starters, Oswalt could be signed by any one of those teams as they are all close to his home in Mississippi thus eliminating that team from possibly acquiring Wandy or Myers. Now if a team that isn’t close to his home suffers an injury, they could still be in play for one of the Astros pitchers but Oswalt’s decision could end up hurting the Astros inadvertently . It is a good decision for Oswalt as the 34 yr old veteran was limited to just 23 starts last year due to his back injuries. He compiled a 9-10 record with a 3.69 era. Oh and Wandy’s back is already bothering him after a few days in Spring Training. That’s definitely not a good sign.

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  • Stroscrow

    I think we probably need to give up hopes of Wandy being traded this season, and Myers as well unless its a straight salary dump, which I’m okay with.

    We talked about it being the right move to hang onto Wandy at the deadline and wait until the offseason for more value. The problem was that so many younger more attractive options became available this offseason. So then our hope was readjusted to saying that at the trade deadline would be the smartest time to sell, but I have no reason to believe that a ton of more attractive options wont become available then too.

    For the reasons you mentioned Roy O should be at the top of the list. After that, Ed-Jackson and the Nats probably wont be contending, so I’m sure he will be on the move again, and I would rank him above Wandy.

    What about the Giants. Vogelsong, Sanchez, or maybe even Cain if they choose to shoot for a Lincecum extension and decide they can’t keep both. I can’t see them competing with the Diamondbacks, and I see the wildcard coming from the east. Point is there is a good chance they could become sellers.

    Those are just a few off hand thoughts. I am sure that a ton of more attractive options will be available. Long story short, I’ve accepted the fact that Wandy will be an Astro for the length of his contract, and anything else will be a pleasant surprise.

    • BHam2421

       @Stroscrow I agree. I thought that Wade should have just made a deal with COL and took what he could get from them back when they claimed him off waivers. My reason was simple. Wandy was 32 years old. Teams simply do not give up top prospects for a 32 year old pitcher, let alone a pitcher who is making 12 mil per yr for the next 3 yrs. 
      I do think Wandy will be traded this year but we will not be receiving anywhere near the deal we had hoped for.

      • Stroscrow

        @BHam2421 Probably true. Hopefully Luhnow works some magic. The Red Sox had interest, and we know Roy wont go there, and EJack wasn’t crazy about them easy so there’s that.

        • Stroscrow

          Either not easy. Typo

  • MrEReyes

    I think Roy O knows his “age-factor” is creeping up on his back (literally) and it’s in his best interest to “preserve” his body as long as he can wait…he still has some GAS left in his tank! I also believe that the Astros will most likely prepare for the move to the AL and we won’t see much movement at the Pitcher’s position this season.