“They may sniff, but have no chance,” a source familiar with the Astros thinking, told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
By the way, Rubin also gives an update on Mike Jacobs status and who the Mets might call up to replace Ryota Igarashi, in the event he is put on the disabled list.
Original Post at 1:55 pm:
“The Mets have been sniffing around Roy Oswalt… for the first time, the Astros are listening.”
Last week, in a report for the Boston Globe, Nick Cafardo said the Astros will consider trading Oswalt, ‘though he has a no-trade clause,’ and, ‘he wants to get to a contender.’
The 32–year-old Oswalt is 1–2 with a 2.37 ERA in three starts this season for the Astros, during which he has 17 strike outs in 19 innings pitched.
He made 30 starts last season, but was just 8–6 with a 4.12 ERA.
Oswalt will earn $15 million this season and $16 million in 2011.
His deal has a $16 million option for 2012 with a $2 million buyout.
…from what i’ve been told, the Mets had the opportunity to get oswalt in 2006 at the trade deadline, but then Duaner Sanchez got in to a car accident and the team’s needs changed, and the Astros changed course, and that what was that… also, and everyone knows this, oswalt and the team’s owner, Drayton McLane, are good friends… the thing is, the Astros are in play, and they’re a disaster… and so, if ever there was a time to move oswalt, this is it… he’s healthy, for now, he’s effective, for now, his team is in desperate need of prospects and there are plenty of teams around the league in need of a front-line pitcher… the problem is, who would such a deal cost in prospects…