Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Astros willing to send insignficant amount of cash to Philadelphia

Smilin' Ken Rosenthal checks in with some Roy rumors:

The talent exchange for the Astros’ right-hander is “pretty much agreed on” and not contingent on the Phillies making a separate trade involving right fielder Jayson Werth, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions. The Phillies know what the Astros want for Oswalt. The question is whether the Phils are willing to follow through on such a deal. Phillies officials are divided on whether to part with left-hander J.A. Happ and prospects for Oswalt — and take on the approximately $5 million remaining in Oswalt’s salary this season, plus his $16 million salary for 2011 and possibly another $16 million in ’12...

...The Cardinals have informed the Astros that they are no longer pursuing Oswalt, sources say. The Dodgers remain interested in Oswalt, but the discussions have failed to progress...

...The Astros are willing to include cash in any deal, sources say, but the amount they are willing to offer is not believed to be significant.

Okay, so it seems from this report that the trade is basically on the table, and the Phillies have some in the front office who are for and others who are against. If Roy (and by "Roy" I think we can safely assume that means "Bob Sugar Garber") doesn't insist on the 2012 option, this probably gets done yesterday.