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Oswalt says 'anywhere,' but he may go nowhere

Posted on: June 11, 2010 6:25 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2010 7:08 pm
 
NEW YORK -- Roy Oswalt says he'd consider going anywhere.

"Location doesn't matter," the Astros ace said Friday. "It's only for a year and a half."

Roy Oswalt says he'd be willing to pitch in either league.

"Actually, I'd be excited to pitch over here [in the American League]," he said. "Everybody keeps bragging that it's better."

Listen long enough, and you could almost be convinced that an Oswalt trade won't be that complicated, after all.

The key word there is almost.

An Oswalt trade remains so complicated that many people around the Astros remain convinced it won't happen -- that despite Oswalt's request that the Astros consider dealing him, he'll still be with Houston when the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline passes.

And while Astros owner Drayton McLane is the biggest potential obstacle, and Oswalt's contract ($15 million this year, $16 million next year, and a $16 million option or $2 million buyout for 2012) is the second biggest obstacle, Oswalt's full no-trade clause figures in, as well.

Despite what Oswalt said Friday, people who know him remain convinced that there are only a few teams he would actually agree to move to. And while Oswalt insisted Friday that there's no "list," the feeling is that there are fewer than half a dozen teams that he would even seriously consider.

Remember, Oswalt never said that he would definitely go to any one team.

"I'm just kind of leaving all options out there," he said Friday.

The one requirement he will admit to is that he will only go to a team that is pretty sure bet to make the playoffs this year.

"Pretty much," Oswalt agreed.

Not many teams fit that requirement. Not many of those teams can afford a pitcher who is signed for $16 million next year. And not many of that subgroup would give up top prospects and pay all of Oswalt's contract.

So yes, Roy Oswalt says he'd go anywhere.

But it's still a good bet that he'll go nowhere.



Category: MLB
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