(BTW--gotta love the response of former Shawn Chacon punching bag Ed Wade: "Roy's contract has a no-trade clause, not a trade-me clause. There is no rule that allows a player in his contract status to demand a trade. So demand, request, hold your breath until you turn blue, it's all the same. It's acknowledged and noted.")
The argument against it goes like this:
1. $31 million (the amount of money Oswalt is guaranteed over this season and next)Add to that the fact that Oswalt might not waive his no-trade clause for a team like the Nationals anyway, and my first reaction was "no way."
2. 32 (the number of years since he was born)
3. 4 (the number of consecutive seasons going into 2010 that his ERA had risen)
But after thinking a little more about it, I'm a tiny little bit intrigued. First, it might not cost much more than money to get him. Look at what a hard time J.P. Ricciardi had trading Roy Halladay last year. And Oswalt is no Halladay. There just aren't that many buyers for a guy pitcher with his price tag.
The Red Sox and Yankees probably don't have a need for Oswalt. And no one else can throw money around like it's no object. So what if the Nationals could get Oswalt without giving up much except some of Ted Lerner's fortune?
Let's say Derek Norris, Drew Storen, Ian Desmond, Jordan Zimmermann, and Danny Espinosa are all off the table. In fact, let's take the Nationals' whole top ten off the table--Michael Burgess, Chris Marrero, Jeff Kobernus, Justin Maxwell, and Destin Hood.
Is it possible that the Astros would trade Oswalt for Steve Lombardozzi and Atahualpa Severino? No, probably not. But is it possible that that's the best offer they might get? It might be. Frankly at this point it's possible that Oswalt could clear waivers, given his price tag.
Roy Oswalt isn't the stud he used to be. His flyball rates are up, and his durability is more of a question mark than it's been in years. But he still gets plenty of strikeouts and has excellent control. He'd be a more than adequate replacement for the failed Jason Marquis experiment.
Chances are this is a waste of time, and I'd be pretty upset if they traded any of those top tier prospects. But who knows? And if nothing else, it's never a bad idea to talk trades with Ed Wade.