Phillies still in running for Oswalt

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Jul 282010

July 28

“Jayson Werth was in the Phillies’ lineup on Tuesday, so there would be no erroneous reports he had been traded.

But plenty of Trade Deadline intrigue remained in Philadelphia.

The Phillies remain top contenders for Astros ace Roy Oswalt, although consummating a trade will be difficult before Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline. Sources said on Tuesday that Oswalt would waive his no-trade clause to play in Philadelphia, which echoed what Oswalt said on Monday.

“Location doesn’t matter,” he said.

Sources also said his $16 million club option for 2012 is not the sticking point it has been made to be, indicating Oswalt might not make the Phillies pick up the option, if it meant being traded or remaining in Houston.

That is important. If Oswalt, who said last week the option is not an issue, requires the Phillies to pick up the option, a deal might be too difficult to stomach because of the prospects Philadelphia is expected to deliver and the money it already has committed to future payrolls. If he does not, it would be easier for the Phillies to pull the trigger.

It remains to be seen if the Phillies and Astros can agree on prospects. Houston has scouted left-hander J.A. Happ, which indicates he could be part of the deal. The Astros also could grab some of the organization’s younger prospects. The Phils are loaded with prospects at Class A Lakewood.

It seems unlikely Werth will be traded, unless the Phillies are blown away by an offer. The club does not have to trade Werth to acquire Oswalt.”

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