by Justin Adkins
Roy Oswalt is officially a Philadelphia Phillie.
Per phillies.com, the Phillies have acquired Oswalt in exchange for Major League left-hander JA Happ, Single-A outfielder Anthony Gose, and low Single-A shortstop Jonathan Villar. It was previously reported that reliever Vance Worley was part of the deal, but instead it’s Villar.
Said Oswalt, “It’s exciting for sure. I think it works out for both of us. Houston’s getting good prospects and another pitcher, and I’m getting to go to a great team. I’m happy for both sides. From the very beginning, I said I wouldn’t accept it unless it worked out for both of us, and I think it worked out.”
Oswalt, 32, is scheduled to start for the Phillies this Friday.
“I think probably the toughest part was packing up my locker, for sure, knowing I started here and have to leave now,” Oswalt said. “Just like I said, it’s going to be good for the organization, and I think it will be good for me, too. The organization has been great to me, and I hope they get back in it and get back to the playoffs real soon.”
Included in the deal from the Astros is $11 million to be paid towards the remaining salary owed to Oswalt. The righty is owed about $5 million more for this season, and will make $16 million in 2011. The Phillies now hold a team option for another $16 million in 2012. If the Phillies decline to pick up the option, Oswalt will make another $2 million.
“You’ve pretty much got an All-Star at every position,” Oswalt said. “They have a real good team as far as a union. I talked to Brad Lidge last night about the clubhouse, and he likes it a lot up there with guys like Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino and some other great guys. Overall, it came down to Houston getting something for me and I was getting to go to a contender.”
So far this season, Oswalt is 6-12, which is indicative of the Astros horrible offense, not Oswalt’s performance on the mound. His ERA sits at 3.42.
“I wish the best for the organization,” Oswalt said. “The fans have been behind me for 10 years. There are no hard feelings on my side. Houston has done everything I’ve asked, and I’ve done everything they’ve asked of me. I’m hoping to have a chance to pitch in the playoffs and the World Series. I’m hoping to get back there and experience again what we did in ’05.”