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.


Pedro Will Start on Wednesday; Moyer to Pen

10 08 2009

By Mike Gill

Martinez will start on Wednesday

Martinez will start on Wednesday

The Phillies made it official today; Pedro Martinez will take over the fifth spot in the rotation, moving 46-year old Jamie Moyer to the bullpen.

A situation that was talked about since Martinez was inked about a month ago, finally played itself out a day after Moyer gave up 11 hits and three runs in a 12-3 loss to the Marlins.  The Phillies rotation, a question mark early in the season is now shaping up to be a potential strength.

There are still some questions to be answered.

1. Will Cole Hamels turn his mediocre season around?
2. Can rookie J.A. Happ continue to pitch at such a high level?
3. Will Pedro be able to find the form he displayed when he was the leagues top pitcher?
4. How will the bullpen look once everyone is healthy?

Just a few of the questions on my mind, feel free to weigh in.

Halladay Prefers Philadelphia

25 07 2009

Jeff Blair says in a Saturday evening post, “Know this: Halladay has told people that the Phillies are his preferred choice if he were to be traded. The Blue Jays want pitchers J.A. Happ and Kyle Drabek and one of two outfield prospects: Michael Taylor or Dominic Brown. Shortstop Jason Donald would be nice, too and the Blue Jays might expand the deal if they need to do so.”

PCPTAKE: Nice to hear that the Phils are Halladay’s preferred destination. Despite being a near playoff lock and defending World Series Champions, some players (Jake Peavy) with a no trade close would reject a trade to the Phils’ because of the ballpark. As for the Jays asking price, too high. I can’t see including both Happ and Drabek together (personally, I can’t see giving up Drabek at all).


24 07 2009

Sources are indicating that the Phillies and Blue Jays have indeed begun discussing the parameters of a deal that would bring Roy Halladay to the Phillies for a package headlined by Kyle Drabek. The other pieces reportedly being discussed are J.A. Happ and Dominic Brown. J.A. is of course on the major league roster, while Dom Brown is currently playing for the Clearwater Threshers in the Florida State League and Drabek is in Reading. Toronto GM J.P. Ricciardi has been quoted as saying these negotiations have begun. More info on this story as it develops.

Side Note: It is also being reported that the Blue Jays have scouts watching Carlos Carrasco pitch tonight for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. This is notable because the players i mentioned above are the starting point and by no means definite. Let’s see how this develops.

Zo Talks Pedro, Halladay and More

11 07 2009

By Mike Gill,

Can Pedro help the Phillies?

Can Pedro help the Phillies?

When the news spread like wild-fire about Pedro Martinez heading to Philadelphia, most of those reports were coming from former Philadelphia Inquirer Phillies beat writer, and current reporter Todd Zolecki. 

So is Pedro coming to Philly?  When is he coming? How much is he going to get paid? Does this mean the Phillies are ready to trade J.A. Happ to get Roy Halladay?  If the Phillies get Halladay, does that mean the Vernon Wells must be a part of the deal?

We asked all those questions and more in our conversation with Todd Zolecki from which you can listen to if you click below.

Play Todd Zolecki Interview

Quick Phils Notes – 7/10/09

10 07 2009

by Michael DeLuca

-Chris Coste was waived in order to make room on the active roster for the return of Raul Ibanez. He was instantly claimed by the Houston Astros. Ibanez will not be in tonight’s lineup.
-Todd Zolecki of does not believe that a deal between the Phillies and Blue Jays would have to include Vernon Wells.
-Buster Olney is reporting that the Phils are still interested in acquiring two starters. Makes sense if the Pedro Martinez signing is consummated. Acquiring the second starter would almost certainly mean that one of the current starters would be dealt. J.A. Happ is the only one I can envision being moved.

Happ to Rockies…Almost happened?

24 06 2009
Happ on the move?

Happ on the move?

By Mike Gill

If the Phillies had their way, J.A. Happ would be pitching in Colorado right now.  According to Joel Sherman from the New York Post,  the Phillies had a deal in place with the Rockies for right-handed pitcher Jason Marquis and outfielder Ryan Spillborghs.  Sherman said in his piece: “But as talks were heating up on this deal, the Rockies took off. And once they took off they felt it would be wrong to make a trade that would be interpreted as surrender in the clubhouse and among the fan base. So they tabled talks and now Colorado is quietly out in the marketplace seeing if it can find a veteran reliever.”

PCPTake: Happ has been a pretty pleasant surprise, but he is not going to be as consistent as the Phillies need to make a serious run.  Spillborghs is a solid fourth outfielder who can start if needed.  He is a career .295 hitter, but doesn’t have a lot of pop, which is what the Phillies are looking for off the bench.  As for Marquis, he is a veteran guy in the mold of Brett Myers.  he will eat innings, give you real solid games, mixed in with some five-run first inning games.  He has had a real solid season with the Rockies this year, going 9-4 (Career 88-74) with a 3.71 ERA in 14 starts. 

While I think Happ is a lot to give up and I am not a huge fan of Marquis, I think the Phils can afford to take a shot on this type of deal, if another innings eating pitcher can be had down the line.