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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
17 365 2245.3 163 102 0 3.36 53.5
Birth Date8-29-1977
Height6' 0"
Weight190 lbs
Age40 years, 5 months, 27 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2001 HOU MLB 28 20 141.7 14 3 0 126 24 144 13 .257 106 8.0 1.5 0.8 9.1 57% .291 .220 1.06 2.80 2.73 73 2.65 55.0 4.9
2002 HOU MLB 35 34 233.0 19 9 0 215 62 208 17 .255 103 8.3 2.4 0.7 8.0 56% .298 .231 1.19 2.90 3.01 83 3.07 65.9 6.7
2003 HOU MLB 21 21 127.3 10 5 0 116 29 108 15 .257 104 8.2 2.0 1.1 7.6 55% .283 .230 1.14 3.61 2.97 85 3.22 67.4 3.6
2004 HOU MLB 36 35 237.0 20 10 0 233 62 206 17 .261 94 8.8 2.4 0.6 7.8 45% .314 .242 1.24 3.06 3.49 76 3.37 69.4 6.3
2005 HOU MLB 35 35 241.7 20 12 0 243 48 184 18 .259 99 9.0 1.8 0.7 6.9 51% .302 .241 1.20 3.12 2.94 88 2.96 63.7 6.9
2006 HOU MLB 33 32 220.7 15 8 0 220 38 166 18 .256 95 9.0 1.5 0.7 6.8 50% .302 .235 1.17 3.26 2.98 92 3.55 72.3 5.4
2007 HOU MLB 33 32 212.0 14 7 0 221 60 154 14 .256 103 9.4 2.5 0.6 6.5 54% .307 .243 1.33 3.52 3.18 101 3.65 75.6 4.9
2008 HOU MLB 32 32 208.7 17 10 0 199 47 165 23 .258 100 8.6 2.0 1.0 7.1 51% .285 .239 1.18 3.77 3.54 97 3.31 70.7 5.2
2009 HOU MLB 30 30 181.3 8 6 0 183 42 138 19 .261 94 9.1 2.1 0.9 6.8 47% .298 .252 1.24 3.72 4.12 95 3.73 79.9 3.7
2010 HOU 0 20 20 129.0 6 12 0 109 34 120 13 .261 94 7.6 2.4 0.9 8.4 45% .273 .237 1.11 3.38 3.42 94 3.05 68.8 3.3
2010 PHI 0 13 12 82.7 7 1 0 53 21 73 6 .263 88 5.8 2.3 0.7 7.9 52% .221 .202 0.90 3.14 1.74 93 2.85 64.4 2.3
2011 PHI MLB 23 23 139.0 9 10 0 153 33 93 10 .255 91 9.9 2.1 0.6 6.0 47% .316 .270 1.34 3.40 3.69 106 4.83 112.2 0.4
2012 TEX MLB 17 9 59.0 4 3 0 79 11 59 11 .266 107 12.1 1.7 1.7 9.0 46% .378 .300 1.53 4.17 5.80 104 4.79 109.8 0.2
2013 COL MLB 9 6 32.3 0 6 0 49 9 34 3 .267 110 13.6 2.5 0.8 9.5 40% .442 .307 1.79 3.05 8.63 102 5.77 138.3 -0.3
2010 TOT MLB 33 32 211.7 13 13 0 162 55 193 19 .262 92 6.9 2.3 0.8 8.2 48% .253 .224 1.03 3.29 2.76 94 2.97 67.0 5.7
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
1997 AUB A- 9 9 51.7 2 4 0 50 15 44 1 .000 8.7 2.6 0.2 7.7 0% .318 .000 1.26 3.29 4.53 0 0.00 0.0
1998 AUB A- 11 11 70.3 4 5 0 49 31 67 3 .000 6.3 4.0 0.4 8.6 0% -.455 .000 1.14 3.81 2.18 0 0.00 0.0
1999 GRL A 22 22 151.3 13 4 0 144 54 143 8 .000 8.6 3.2 0.5 8.5 0% -.663 .000 1.31 3.60 4.46 0 0.00 0.0
2000 KIS A+ 8 8 45.3 4 3 0 52 11 47 1 .000 10.3 2.2 0.2 9.3 0% -.864 .000 1.39 2.33 2.98 0 0.00 0.0
2000 ROU AA 19 18 129.7 11 4 0 106 22 141 5 .000 7.4 1.5 0.3 9.8 0% -.598 .000 0.99 2.24 1.94 0 0.00 0.0
2001 HOU MLB 28 20 141.7 14 3 0 126 24 144 13 .257 106 8.0 1.5 0.8 9.1 57% .291 .220 1.06 2.80 2.73 73 2.65 55.0
2001 NWO AAA 5 5 31.0 2 3 0 32 6 34 4 .000 9.3 1.7 1.2 9.9 0% -.636 .000 1.23 3.61 4.35 0 0.00 0.0
2002 HOU MLB 35 34 233.0 19 9 0 215 62 208 17 .255 103 8.3 2.4 0.7 8.0 56% .298 .231 1.19 2.90 3.01 83 3.07 65.9
2003 HOU MLB 21 21 127.3 10 5 0 116 29 108 15 .257 104 8.2 2.0 1.1 7.6 55% .283 .230 1.14 3.61 2.97 85 3.22 67.4
2003 NWO AAA 1 1 3.0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 .000 9.0 0.0 0.0 6.0 0% .300 .000 1.00 1.96 3.00 0 0.00 0.0
2004 HOU MLB 36 35 237.0 20 10 0 233 62 206 17 .261 94 8.8 2.4 0.6 7.8 45% .314 .242 1.24 3.06 3.49 76 3.37 69.4
2005 HOU MLB 35 35 241.7 20 12 0 243 48 184 18 .259 99 9.0 1.8 0.7 6.9 51% .302 .241 1.20 3.12 2.94 88 2.96 63.7
2006 HOU MLB 33 32 220.7 15 8 0 220 38 166 18 .256 95 9.0 1.5 0.7 6.8 50% .302 .235 1.17 3.26 2.98 92 3.55 72.3
2007 HOU MLB 33 32 212.0 14 7 0 221 60 154 14 .256 103 9.4 2.5 0.6 6.5 54% .307 .243 1.33 3.52 3.18 101 3.65 75.6
2008 HOU MLB 32 32 208.7 17 10 0 199 47 165 23 .258 100 8.6 2.0 1.0 7.1 51% .285 .239 1.18 3.77 3.54 97 3.31 70.7
2009 HOU MLB 30 30 181.3 8 6 0 183 42 138 19 .261 94 9.1 2.1 0.9 6.8 47% .298 .252 1.24 3.72 4.12 95 3.73 79.9
2010 HOU MLB 20 20 129.0 6 12 0 109 34 120 13 .261 94 7.6 2.4 0.9 8.4 45% .273 .237 1.11 3.38 3.42 94 3.05 68.8
2010 PHI MLB 13 12 82.7 7 1 0 53 21 73 6 .263 88 5.8 2.3 0.7 7.9 52% .221 .202 0.90 3.14 1.74 93 2.85 64.4
2011 PHI MLB 23 23 139.0 9 10 0 153 33 93 10 .255 91 9.9 2.1 0.6 6.0 47% .316 .270 1.34 3.40 3.69 106 4.83 112.2
2011 CLR A+ 1 1 5.0 0 0 0 7 1 5 0 .246 103 12.6 1.8 0.0 9.0 71% .412 .257 1.60 1.97 5.40 88 3.14 93.3
2011 LEH AAA 2 2 10.0 0 0 0 8 4 8 1 .268 81 7.2 3.6 0.9 7.2 68% .259 .223 1.20 4.13 2.70 104 5.42 108.2
2012 TEX MLB 17 9 59.0 4 3 0 79 11 59 11 .266 107 12.1 1.7 1.7 9.0 46% .378 .300 1.53 4.17 5.80 104 4.79 109.8
2012 FRI AA 1 1 3.3 0 0 0 5 1 3 0 .255 95 13.5 2.7 0.0 8.1 23% .385 .308 1.80 2.37 8.10 100 4.89 105.3
2012 ROU AAA 3 3 12.0 1 1 0 15 3 10 1 .272 93 11.2 2.2 0.8 7.5 49% .368 .260 1.50 3.82 5.25 97 4.04 98.5
2013 COL MLB 9 6 32.3 0 6 0 49 9 34 3 .267 110 13.6 2.5 0.8 9.5 40% .442 .307 1.79 3.05 8.63 102 5.77 138.3
2013 TUL AA 5 5 33.3 3 2 0 24 7 25 5 .256 101 6.5 1.9 1.4 6.8 53% .218 .217 0.93 4.13 2.16 84 2.47 83.8
2013 GJR Rk 1 1 5.7 1 0 0 3 1 2 0 .282 108 4.8 1.6 0.0 3.2 50% .167 .147 0.71 3.90 0.00 106 4.95 110.8

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 3020 0.5513 0.4907 0.8084 0.6342 0.3144 0.8693 0.6573 0.1916
2009 2729 0.5713 0.4877 0.7934 0.6248 0.3051 0.8337 0.6835 0.2066
2010 3166 0.5562 0.4621 0.7717 0.6087 0.2783 0.8228 0.6317 0.2283
2011 2150 0.5274 0.4828 0.8083 0.6279 0.3209 0.8596 0.6963 0.1917
2012 1000 0.5640 0.4970 0.7706 0.6277 0.3280 0.8107 0.6713 0.2294
2013 590 0.5203 0.4542 0.7873 0.6124 0.2827 0.7979 0.7625 0.2127
Career126550.55230.48040.7920.62320.30410.84040.66920.208

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-07-08 2013-09-06 15-DL 60 52 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2012-09-10 2012-09-24 DTD 14 12 Right Elbow Strain Flexor Pronator Mass - -
2012-07-18 2012-07-30 DTD 12 10 - Low Back Tightness - -
2011-06-24 2011-08-07 15-DL 44 37 Low Back Cartilage Injury Bulging Disc -
2011-04-27 2011-05-16 15-DL 19 16 Low Back Strain -
2011-04-15 2011-04-15 DTD 0 0 Low Back Strain -
2011-03-23 2011-03-23 Camp 0 0 Neck Contusion Batted Ball -
2010-07-18 2010-07-18 DTD 0 0 Left Ankle Contusion Batted Ball -
2010-05-05 2010-05-05 DTD 0 0 Right Thumb Sprain -
2010-03-27 2010-04-05 Camp 9 0 Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2009-09-16 2009-10-05 15-DL 19 17 Low Back Degenerative Disc Disease Degenerative Disc Disease -
2009-09-11 2009-09-11 DTD 0 0 Low Back Cartilage Injury Degenerative Disc Disease -
2009-09-06 2009-09-06 DTD 0 0 Low Back Tightness -
2009-07-29 2009-08-11 DTD 13 12 Low Back Strain -
2009-07-10 2009-07-17 DTD 7 4 Right Hand Nerve Injury Numbness -
2009-06-10 2009-06-13 DTD 3 3 Right Wrist Soreness -
2009-05-27 2009-06-01 DTD 5 4 Right Hand Nerve Injury Numbness -
2009-05-05 2009-05-10 DTD 5 5 Right Fingers Contusion Index Finger -
2008-09-01 2008-09-06 DTD 5 4 Right Fingers Tear Fingernail -
2008-07-12 2008-07-28 On-Alr 16 11 Low Back Cartilage Injury Herniated Disc -
2008-07-12 2008-07-28 15-DL 16 11 Left Hip Strain Abductor Muscle -
2008-05-18 2008-05-22 DTD 4 4 Hip Soreness -
2008-04-01 2008-04-05 DTD 4 4 Right Hip Contusion Batted Ball -
2007-08-19 2007-08-29 DTD 10 9 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2007-07-21 2007-07-28 DTD 7 7 Chest Strain -
2006-09-19 2006-09-23 DTD 4 4 Neck Spasms -
2006-08-15 2006-08-23 DTD 8 8 Right Wrist Contusion From Line Drive -
2006-05-30 2006-06-04 On-Alr 5 4 Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2006-05-30 2006-06-14 15-DL 15 13 Mid Back Strain Mild -
2005-08-01 2005-08-06 DTD 5 4 Shoulder Fatigue -
2005-07-17 2005-07-21 DTD 4 5 Left Fingers Contusion Index Finger -
2005-05-28 2005-06-01 DTD 4 4 Low Back Tightness -
2005-05-02 2005-05-05 DTD 3 3 Right Sprain Big Toe -
2004-09-18 2004-09-22 DTD 4 3 Left Trunk Strain Rib Cage -
2003-10-08 2003-10-08 Off 0 0 Groin Surgery 2003-10-08
2003-07-30 2003-09-08 15-DL 40 36 Right Groin Strain -
2003-06-12 2003-07-07 15-DL 25 22 Right Groin Strain -
2003-05-16 2003-05-31 15-DL 15 14 Right Groin Strain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 COL $
2012 TEX $5,000,000
2011 PHI $9,000,000
2011 HOU $7,000,000
2010 HOU $14,000,000
2010 PHI $1,000,000
2009 HOU $14,000,000
2008 HOU $13,000,000
2007 HOU $13,000,000
2006 HOU $11,000,000
2005 HOU $5,900,000
2004 HOU $3,250,000
2003 HOU $500,000
2002 HOU $300,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
11 yrPrevious$96,950,000
11 yrTotal$96,950,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
12 y 11 dRobert Garber1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Colorado as a free agent 5/2/13 (minor-league contract). Salary of $2.3M in majors. Roster bonus: $0.4M for promotion to Major League roster. Performance bonuses: $0.25M each for 8, 10, 12 starts. $0.2M each for 14, 16, 18 starts. $0.1M for 50 innings. $0.15M for 60 innings. $0.2M each for 70, 80, 90, 100, 110 innings. May request release if not on Major League roster 6/18/13 or 6/28/13. Contract selected by Colorado 6/20/13. Retired 2/14.
  • 1 year/$5M (2012). Signed by Texas as a free agent 5/29/12 (minor-league contract). May earn additional $1M in performance bonuses. Contract purchased by Texas 6/22/12.
  • 5 years/$73M (2007-11), plus 2012 club option. Signed extension with Houston 8/06. 07:$13M, 08:$13M, 09:$14M, 10:$15M, 11:$16M, 12:$16M club option, $2M buyout. Full no-trade clause. Oswalt may opt out of 2012 option and take reduced buyout. Acquired by Philadelphia in trade from Houston 7/29/10 (Astros pay Phillies $11M in deal, with Oswalt taking no reduction in his $2 million buyout if club declines or he opts out of 2012 option). Philadelphia declined 2012 option 10/24/11.
  • 2 years/$16.9M (2005-06). Re-signed by Houston 2/05 (avoided arbitration, $7.8M-$6M). 05:$5.9M, 06:$11M.
  • 1 year/$3.25M (2004). Re-signed by Houston 1/04 (avoided arbitration)
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2003). Re-signed by Houston 2/03.
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2002).
  • Drafted by Houston 1996 (23-684) (Holmes CC).

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-11-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)How are Berrios's mechanics? Do you see a bullpen role for him in the future?
(richardkr34 from Saint Paul)
I fear that Berrios will either a) be robbed of his excellent momentum for fear that he is exuding "too much effort," or b) will be pushed toward the 'pen if he continues the momentum pattern. Personally, I see the makings of a dynamite starter in the Roy Oswalt mold, but that is predicated on his keeping the delivery that got him drafted in the first place (while adding strength and flex). I'm a huge fan of Berrios' mechanical baselines, but time will tell whether the Twins have him make major adjustments that alter his mechanical profile. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-01-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)12 days before Pitchers & Catchers report and there's still a nice handful of players left in free agency. Are agents/players going to drop their asking prices or will there be a surprising number of retirements to come(with the older relievers and bat-only players)?
(jlarsen from Chicago)
I'd find 2012 Roy Oswalt situations more likely than retirements for players who still have something left. But yes, the usual things will happen. Prices will meet the market, and then the market will rise again with injuries in spring. (Zachary Levine)
2013-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does the sublime Roy Oswalt pitch again or has the fork been stuck in him?
(Paul from DC)
Paul,

With pitchers like Miguel Batista still getting jobs, I have to assume someone out there would give Oswalt a contract if he wants it. I don't know if he wants to still pitch, but it wouldn't shock me if he's on someone's roster come July. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-06-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)How would you evaluate Roy Oswalt's trade value now? Can you see him last in the Major as #3 for a couple years?
(Dreamn=y from Seattle)
I think Oswalt can be a better than average starting pitcher this season, but the further you get away from the present with him, the tougher it is to feel comfortable about his chances of staying healthy and productive. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Where do you think Roy Oswalt ends up?
(cubfan131 from Iowa)
If you want to know where someone's going, you're better off asking Ken Rosenthal, Buster Olney, or another writer who's wired in and breaks news. I'm just the guy who sometimes writes about moves after they happen. The most recent Oswalt rumors I've heard have connected him to the Red Sox and Cardinals, but maybe the Reds would make some sense. Despite the injury risk, I'd rather take a one-year, $8 million flyer than give Edwin Jackson five years, considering what R.J. Anderson discovered recently about pitchers who bounced around as much as Jackson has early in their careers.--Ben (Best of BP with Ben and Dave)
2011-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Word is out that Roy Oswalt will now settle for a one-year contract, instead of the 3-year deal he originally sought. If you are right about the Nats' window of contention really starting in 2013, might Oswalt for a year and an option be better than spending the farm on Gio Gonzalez?
(HalfStreet from Fairfax VA)
Speed round, then? Speed round.

A lot of teams have more incentive to sign Oswalt to that deal than the Nationals do right now, so a lot of teams would probably pay him more. The Nationals should just relax and be patient, I guess. Or get Fielder and Oswalt now and then trade for Gio, because who knows, maybe we'll all die by 2013 anyway. (Sam Miller)
2011-06-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who is a good darkhorse HOF candidate among active players? Maybe someone who flies under most people's radar in a HOF discussion, but who has a fighting chance. Roy Oswalt, maybe?
(jamin67038 from Wichita, KS)
Scott Rolen comes to mind, since much of his value is tied up in defense and walks.

I don't see Oswalt as viable because I don't think he'll stick around much longer given his back woes and his past talk of retirement. He's well below the JAWS peak standard, and nowhere near 200 wins. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-05-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Brad Peacock of the Nationals has been incredible in AA this season, having thrown 48 IP so far with a 66/9 k/bb ratio and 31 hits allowed and a 2.05 ERA. He is listed as 6'1", but I keep reading that he is undersized and didn't get good downhill plane on his fastball, which probably explains why it was described as being too straight...at least until this year. The Nats apparently made some adjustments to his delivery. How difficult is it for shorter pitchers to stick as starters in the majors as opposed to being consigned to the reliever bin?
(Ds from LA)
Downhill plane matters. That's why pitchers tend to be taller than batters, for one thing. It matters on all the pitches, not just fastballs, but it doesn't occur to me at the moment why that would make it more difficult to start rather than relieve. Perhaps it's a stamina concern.

Roy Oswalt says hi, of course, but anecdotes of one don't make good studies. (Mike Fast)
2010-11-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is it a mistake for the Phillies not to re-sign Jayson Werth?
(philliesphan from philly)
I'm not sure yet. I have definitely found evidence that re-signed players do better than other FA, and I think that's because they know something about the health and value of their players. The issue is where to put Dom Brown, but it might not be terrible to give him a little more AAA seasoning and go with last year's outfield. The real question is the money. They already are going to have a payroll over $150MM next year-- that's a lot, and I'm not sure investing any more is necessarily profitable. I have a suspicion that when they traded for Roy Oswalt, they decided that Werth + Happ < Brown + Oswalt for 2011. Seems about right. (Matt Swartz)
2010-11-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)How vulnerable do you think Cliff Lee's pitching style would be to a loss in velocity over the next, say, seven years?
(edwardarthur from New York)
Lee throws about 91-92 mph right now but from what I've heard, his perceived velocity is greater because of his quick windup, deceptive release point, and sequencing of pitches. Because those three attributes are likely to age well -- at least in my opinion -- I can't see him being as vulnerable as someone like Roy Oswalt, who isn't going to throw 95 mph as a 37 year old, and whose "stuff" is a bit less impressive without the velocity. (Eric Seidman)
2010-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have a deep team, so my last cut in my keeper will stink, suck, and hurt. In a deep keeper league, put Johan (he's my 7th best SP considering the injury), Roy Oswalt (was 7th 'til Johan got hury), Torii (my backup CF behind Rasmus), or Beckham (I also own Weeks) back in the pool? Please don't say Beckham. I love him and remember the hype of the spring ever so wistfully.
(Will from Mactaquac)
I'm keeping Beckham in one of my leagues with a deep roster, so I definitely won't be saying him. Johan Santana or Torii Hunter is probably the way to go. Given Santana's injury history I might choose him, just because he'll be the easiest to reacquire next season. (Marc Normandin)
2010-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Would you trade Ubaldo for Dom Brown and Matt Moore in a deep keeper? That would mean Johan, Roy Oswalt, Roy Halladay, CC, Gallardo, and Wainwright would be my staff? Otherwise, it's cutting Johan or Torii, as referenced above. Thanks.
(Will from Mactaquac)
Do you have contracts/limits on how long you can keep players? Brown is supposed to be great, but he's at a pretty deep position. (Marc Normandin)
2010-09-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Shouldn't a team that has sold out the entire season have at least tried to extend Jayson Werth for 2 years? This isn't Pat Burrell they're talking about letting go. Are the Phillies really going to let Werth go because they committed to Ibanez two years ago? That doesn't sound like a team that brought in Roy Oswalt.
(e from lawrenceville)
Let's remember they brought in Roy Oswalt to cover up for the ridiculous Cliff Lee trade. Stealing a player from Houston isn't exactly something to be proud of, and when you have to resort to that because you screwed up first...

Jayson Werth hired Boras, so he's ready to get his Big Free Agent Deal. Two years isn't going to cut it. The Phillies should be making a play for him, but they decided to take care of Ryan Howard's extension first. Since it was so time sensitive, and all. (Marc Normandin)
2010-09-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think that any other active pitcher has a legitimate shot at 300 wins besides Sabathia?
(adamseth7 from philly)
I wouldn't bet against Roy Halladay (166 and counting through his age 33 season), and I think the resurgence of Roy Oswalt (149 through his age 31) puts him back on the map if he can stay in Philadelphia during his next contract, but the past year has been rough on other candidates such as Johan Santana, Andy Pettitte, Jake Peavy, even Jamie Moyer. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)So I own Mike Minor in a keeper league. Better keeper than Roy Oswalt?
(Me from Here)
Well, things can happen with developing pitchers as the league adjusts to them, but yes, he is an exciting young pitcher. As long as he can keep those strikeout rates in the eye-popping range, I'll have an eye on him. And given his two years in the minors and start to his major league career, it's definitely a possibility worth exploring. (Marc Normandin)
2010-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Rockies can't for their lives win one-run games or on the road, yet they're only four games back in the WC. Chance of a postseason bid?
(kapcuse79 from NYC)
A lot of it comes down to how well the Phillies do down the stretch. With their players returned from injury and Roy Oswalt in tow, it's a much different team than the one that played itself back into the race in the first place. The Rockies are dangerous still, but their playoff odds are down to 7%, which isn't inspiring much confidence from me. (Marc Normandin)
2010-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)How crazy was Charlie Manuel's decision to play Roy Oswalt in left field toward the end of a 16-inning game? You can imagine the post-game press conference if Oswalt snaps an ankle running around out there. Is there any scenario in which a staff ace should be fielding a position? (Answer: No.)
(drmorris from SF)
Do people just randomly snap ankles all the time when they take the field? There's probably a better chance he breaks an ankle coming off the mound to field a ball than there is of him hurting himself in the flat lands of the outfield. (Marc Normandin)
2010-07-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Houston is going to screw this up, aren't they? They're going to trade me for less than what I'm worth.
(Roy Oswalt from Houston)
Well, it's very tough to get more than you're worth these days, isn't it? Actually, I should say it's tough to properly value what it's all worth - your services and the chances that adding you will actually result in a trip to the playoffs or a championship. But given all of the issues that come along with trading for Roy Oswalt - injury risk, contract size, option - it shouldn't be a surprise if any GM, let alone Ed "Gimme Your Third-Best Reliever Times Two" Wade emerges with a less-than-optimal package here. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-07-29 16:30:00 (link to chat)Defend this trade from the Astros perspective.
(Sophist from --)
The Astros were not going to get any use out of Roy Oswalt in 2010 or 2011. They may get use out of Happ, Gose, and Villar later on. They still probably could have done better, unless Oswalt was limiting them a lot behind the scenes. (Matt Swartz)
2010-07-29 16:30:00 (link to chat)Whoops, guess you already answered my previous question. I believe the Astros now have about 30 mil in payroll committed to 2011, but 19 of that is Carlos Lee. Is there a snowball's chance in hell that they can do anything about that?
(Lane from Austin)
If they trade Carlos Lee, they should do exactly what they did with Roy Oswalt and throw in a lot of cash. They need to rebuild on top of a very weak system, and the more cash they throw in, the better return they'll get. Thinking about the prospect value of $19 million, you can really see how that would help a team. (Matt Swartz)
2010-05-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)Your opinion of the following proposed trade: Astros Roy Oswalt and Hunter Pence to the Rangers for Ian Kinsler.
(CTM from Houston, TX)
This would be ghastly, especially for the Rangers. Pence may not really stick as much more than a filler in a corner in the better league, and the Rangers already have that on their bench in the form of David Murphy. Putting him in center seems a stretch, so he doesn't fix that problem. And then how do you replace Kinsler, bump Michael Young to the keystone and put Chris Davis at third? Arias and Blanco aren't viable everyday players. And all of this to get Oswalt, an older, shorter right-hander with health issues, coming to the DH league? As Eric Seidman argued this morning, I think any deal for Oswalt's only going to yield pennies on the dollar, given his contract. He's worth more to the Astros as an Astro than as something to dangle and then wangle with. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-05-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will the Tigers make a play for Roy Oswalt if he hits the market? Would Oswalt's stuff translate well to the American League? Thanks.
(lemppi from Ankeny, IA)
Mike Ilitch has shown the willingness to spend in the past, so yes I think the Tigers might make a play. I also think Oswalt's stuff is still good enough that it could play in the AL. Here's the deal with Oswalt, if he doesn't push to have the option year in his contract picked up as part of a trade, he'll get moved. If he's adamant that the option has to be picked up to accept a trade, it likely won't happen. (John Perrotto)
2010-05-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)After yesterday's quote by Steve Phillips that he'd trade Stephen Strasburg for Roy Oswalt, if he were the Nats, does this basically eliminate himself for returning to any real prominent job around baseball as a GM or analyst?
(jlarsen from Chicago)
You never say never but I don't see him being a GM again. As far as an analyst, you never know because there are a lot of people in prominent jobs who makes statements just as dumb as that one. (John Perrotto)
2010-03-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Houston's Ed Wade is slowly crafting together another championship team in Houston like he did in Philly? I see he drafted his catcher and shortstop of the future in Castro and Meier. It's like when he was in Philly and Rolen and Rollins were drafted. Then Mr. Wade added parts over the years until he reached the top. Thoughts?
(Rube from Philly)
It was briefly fashionable in sabermetric circles to deride the acquisition of Michael Bourn, but I don't mind at all the suggestion that Wade's accumulating up-the-middle talent, and nobody's laughing quite so hard now that Bourn seems to have come into his own. The question is, having bought himself time and credibility by giving it a go with what he inherited (to little point, predictably, but he tried), will the talent he's adding arrive in time to help the core he inherited? The answer to that should be a clear 'no,' not with Roy Oswalt talking about two more years, Lance Berkman showing signs of wear, and Carlos Lee heading into his age-34 season. Instead, the challenge is going to be whether Castro and Mier are the centerpieces of the next good Astros team... which good as they might be as prospects, isn't the same as saying they've got Tulo and Buster Posey. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-06-05 15:30:00 (link to chat)Do you live in fear knowing that it's only a matter of time before Ruben Amaro trades me half the farm system for Erik Bedard?
(Jack from Seattle)
The Phillies have about a 2-year window of really being solid competitors for a postseason slot and potentially the World Series. They definitely need another solid starting pitcher with the question marks surrounding Jamie Moyer. Blanton has been more effective recently, Hamels is back, and JA Happ looks like the real deal as a back of the rotation pitcher as well. But for a potential playoff team, do you really want to rely on Antonio Bastardo, a prospect that some Phillies fans didn't even know about? I would certainly be in favor of unloading key prospects to get someone to solidify their rotation. Ideally that someone would be Roy Oswalt or Jake Peavy, but if it's Bedard for half of a season in exchange for roadblocked prospects, so be it. (Eric Seidman)
2008-09-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Roy Oswalt?? Seriously? Where's this been all year?
(basicslop from Albuquerque)
Hey, people go through bad patches. As Marc noted in yesterday's edition of Preview, he's throwing harder, which perhaps understandably means fewer pitches are being clocked as "changeups" by PitchF/X. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-05-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Lance Berkman a future HOFer? What abour Roy Oswalt?
(Alex from Houston)
Berkman needs a very long, slow decline phase, as his counting stats will make up the bulk of his case. This is the kind of season that will help him a lot, especially if he can win an MVP award. I suspect he'll need 475 homers, at least. Oswalt is tough, as pitchers below the level of "inner circle" haven't been doing well in the balloting, so he needs a lot more good seasons.

Both Berkman and Oswalt are typical in that their cases look worse because of trends in the balloting. The BBWAA has taken to defining "Hall of Famer" in a manner both more stringently (no Blyleven, 13 years for Gossage) and more liberally (Sutter, Puckett, probably Rice) than ever before. It's completely confusing. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)What the insert expletive are the astros going to do about their pitching staff besides trying to run Roy Oswalt out for 300 innings? Does there even seem to be some semblance of a plan?
(matt from austin)
They're going to put on rose-tinted glasses, hope that Wandy Rodriguez continues to develop (he lopped nearly 2 runs off his PERA last year, suggesting that his gains were real enough), hope that Felipe Paulino pitches like a guy who's one of the top two prospects in a system that's much stronger than Houston, hope that Brandon Backe's elbow continues to hold together, and that Woody Williams can pitch like it's 2003 and preserve the team's ball budget... are you detecting a trend here? (Jay Jaffe)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-10-06 10:00:002010 Playoffs Day Oneddanyc (nyc): Steve, if the Yanks really thought Montero could catch, would they have been willing to trade him for 3 months of C. Lee?

They're highly enamored of Cliff Lee. Note they didn't make the same offer, insofar as we know, for Dan Haren or Roy Oswalt or anyone like that--given that no one as good as Montero moved in those deals, I think it's safe to guess he wasn't on the market anymore. So they made a valuation that getting Cliff Lee would bring them another ring, and for that you trade away Montero who (A) is a really good-looking hitter but (B) not an easy fit on their roster as currently constructed. Once the Lee deal fell through, they had to go back to trying to make the best of their square peg/round hole situation and see if just maybe Monty could catch. (Steven Goldman)
 

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