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Top Moment #16: The Roy Oswalt Trade

On July 30th, Roy Oswalt waived his no-trade clause to join forces with Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels to form H20. It was a heist that hadn’t been seen since Cliff Lee was sent to Philadelphia for a bag of baseballs the July prior.

Ruben Amaro had taken a lot of flak for trading away Lee after the 2009 season came to a close, so with a void to be filled, Amaro did all he could to make things right with the fans.

Amaro coerced Ed Wade into taking J.A. Happ, Anthony Gose and Jonathan Villar for the face of the Houston Astros. On top of that, the Astros agreed to pay $11 million of the $23 million that Oswalt will earn next season. Grand theft in its finest.

Oswalt instantly became a fan favorite in Philadelphia and for good reason. Since breaking into the big leagues in 2001, he led the NL in victories and strikeouts and was second innings pitched. The guy is a horse.

In 12 starts after joining the Phillies, Oswalt went 7-1 with a 1.74 ERA and a 0.895 WHIP. Crazy numbers, that helped earn him sixth place in Cy Young voting. Now we are just two months away from a full season of Roy Oswalt in Philadelphia, and of course he will be alongside Cy Young winner Roy Halladay, Philadelphia’s favorite son Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels.

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  1. Ted Bell

    January 25, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    As far as “grand theft in its finest” goes…that really only applies to the short duration that Oswalt will be a Phillie (perhaps as short as one more season). J.A. Happ will still be pitching long after Oswalt is gone (even if he “only” ever amounts to being a solid number three guy) and by all accounts Brett Wallace (who Wade flipped Gose for) has a high ceiling. At the time, the Phillies were (and still are) a “win now” team, while Houston could look two or three years into the future. I actually think Wade got a pretty good return for Oswalt.

    Do we judge the Lidge-Bourn trade solely on 2008? It’s easy to argue that Bourn has been the more valuable player in the two following seasons…

    I’m Ted Bell.

    • Lefty

      January 25, 2011 at 7:59 pm

      I agree, this one hasn’t played out yet. We won’t know for a few years who got the better of this deal. That said, Oswalt is a heck of a competitor and will help us win now while the window of opportunity is open.

      I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing Michael Bourne in red pinstripes, but sometimes you have to give up assets to get them I guess.

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