Phillies Trade For Roy Oswalt: Oswalt still must approve

29 07 2010

Roy OswaltThe Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros have reached an agreement with the Houston Astros. The deal for Oswalt is believed to be in exchange for three players including J.A. Happ, minor league right hander Vance Worley, and another (currently unknown) minor leaguer. None of these details have yet been confirmed.

Happ, who just returned to the team on Sunday after missing all but hist first two starts, was drafted by the Phillies in the third round of the 2004 amateur draft. Current Astros GM Ed Wade was the Phillies’ GM at the time. Happ is scheduled to make just $470,000 this season and is still several years away from free agency

The trade is pending the approval of Roy Oswalt, who has a no trade clause. Oswalt has balked at opportunities to join the Phillies in the past but recently indicated a willingness to join the team. Oswalt had indicated that he would like time to make the decision, however, and this is likely why the trade happened several days prior to Saturday’s deadline.

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Dominic Brown Called Up

28 07 2010

The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that the Philadelphia Phillies have called up top prospect Domonic Brown. With Shane Victorino going on the disabled list after last night’s injury, Brown could see everyday at bats in right field while Jayson Werth shifts to center field. Brown, 22, had gone 37 for 107, a .346 bating average, with the Triple-A Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs since being promoted from Double-A. He was widely believed to be the most major league ready player still in the minors.





Eagles Sign 2nd Round Pick Nate Allen

27 07 2010

Dave Spadaro has broken the news on http://www.twitter.com/EaglesInsider that Philadelphia Eagles 2010 second-round draft selection Nate Allen has inked a four-year deal and will report to the team tomorrow, missing only one day of training camp.
The Allen signing leaves only first-rounder Brandon Graham unsigned for the Birds. Only one first-round pick from the entire 2010 NFL draft class, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, has been signed.

The 37th overall pick, Allen is expected to start at free safety opposite Quintin Mikell, though he will compete with Quintin Demps and fellow rookie, seventh-rounder, Kurt Coleman. Macho Harris is believed to be moving back to cornerback.

Allen is a 6-foot-1, 210-pound South Florida product. He finished his collegiate career having started 39 straight games and accumulated 224 tackles and nine interceptions. He is a big play guy with great instincts. Head coach Andy Reid had this to say about Allen, “He’s a smart kid. He’s got a nice football mind. He’s a fast learner.”





Phillies: Interest In Upton, Oswalt Holds Up Trade

21 07 2010

According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of mlbtraderumors.com, Roy Oswalt is using his no trade clause to attempt to leverage the Phillies into picking up his $16 million option for 2012. The Phils have balked and this is why a trade has not yet been consumated between the Phillies and Astros.

In addition, Smith says that the Phillies have discussed trading Jayson Werth to the Tampa Bay Rays requesting either BJ Upton or Wade Davis in return and refusing to take on any of Werth’s remaining $2.8 million in 2010 salary.





Dominic Brown: 50th Most Valuable Trade Commodity in MLB

13 07 2010

Dave Cameron of fangraphs.com ranks Philadelphia’s Dominic Brown as the 50th most valuable trade commodity in all of Major League Baseball.  Among the interesting points that Cameron makes are that Brown is considered by many to be the best prospect still in the minor leagues (somebody please take Raul Ibanez off our hands), that he could be a solid Major League player “tomorrow”, and that you must have some serious value if your organization is unwilling to trade you straight up for the “best pitcher in baseball” (Roy Halladay).





Phillies Looking To Move Werth

9 07 2010

Multiple sources have indicated that the Philadelphia Phillies are shopping free agent to be, right fielder Jayson Werth in the hopes of acquiring a top notch starter to round out their rotation. If such a trade were not to occur and the team were to fall out of playoff contention, expect Werth to be shopped for prospects as the trade deadline approaches. According to reports the team has already been informed that the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays all have significant interest.

Werth, 31 years old, is hauling in $7.5 million this year while batting .277 with 13 homers and 48 RBIs. He has slumped as of  late.  Any trade that would occur in the near future would be of particular interest, as it would involve two playoff hopeful clubs looking to exchange pieces.  Javier Vasquez is the name that has come up most frequently, though I don’t see that as being a likely scenario. If Werth were to be moved it would clear the path for the team’s minor league phenom Dominic Brown to move up to the big club and become an everyday player.