There may be another opportunity to get a “Top-of-the-Rotation Pitcher” in a month or so if the Mariners keep struggling, but one can be had RIGHT NOW! That pitcher is Roy Oswalt who has reportedly asked for a trade from the Astros. Frank and Ned said it is business as usual, so let’s see if it is. It didn’t make sense to pay Randy Wolf $10 mil. John Lackey wasn’t worth what he got, but Roy Oswalt is a #1 and has dispelled any health questions this year after a poor 2009. He has a 2.66 ERA and 1.07 WHIP this year, and his stats suggest that he is still among the best at his trade.
If the Dodgers want to win it all, they need another pitcher – a pitcher like Roy Oswalt. He is owed about $28 mil for the remainder of this year and next year. Not many teams can take that on, but the Dodgers can. I am sure that the Dodgers would have to part with at least Chris Withrow and another top prospect or two and the Astros could want homeboy James Loney if they could also move Lance Berkman. Would you trade Withrow and Loney for Roy Oswalt? The Astros would probably want another starter back. Someone like Padilla or Haegar?
I hate to lose Loney, but Andre Ethier has a first-basemen’s glove and you have to give up something to get something. A rotation of Oswalt, Kershaw, Billingsley, Kuroda and Ely would be excellent. What about this lineup:
- Furcal SS
- Martin C
- Ethier 1B
- Manny LF
- Kemp CF
- Blake 3B
- Paul/Johnson RF
- DeWitt/Carroll 2B
Or, Jermaine Dye is still out there. Try him in RF.
Will Frank spend the money? We’ll find out!