The Express-Times is reporting that the Astros - and Padres - had scouts on hand to watch Phillies prospect Vance Worley throw six shutout innings for Lehigh Valley against Durham last night.
Oddly, the Philadelphia Inquirer says the Astros didn't have a scout at the Lehigh Valley game (I'll go with the guy who was at the game).
One guy who was talking was Brandon Duckworth, who challenged the rumor that Roy couldn't handle the Philly media:
"He just wants to win. The Astros came so close in 2005 and I know that drives him. The only thing he has to accomplish is a world championship."
And Charlie Manuel doesn't want Ruben Amaro to bother, unless it's a top-notch starter:
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, without mentioning Oswalt's name, said he would prefer for the front office to acquire a top-notch starter. Oswalt is the last pitcher on the trading block who fits that description. But the money is an issue because Oswalt's health has been a factor in the recent past. Manuel said he's not interested in a pitcher without top-of-the-rotation credentials.
"I don't want us to get some guy we've already got," Manuel said. "What would be the purpose of that?"
The Philadelphia Daily News' Paul Hagen says that the Phillies have been interested in Kansas City (either Greinke or Farnsworth). Read the article, because what follows is a speculation trip around the Majors that will get you 20,000 frequent flyer miles.