In response to:
Astros pitcher might waive no-trade
If the Astros approached Roy Oswalt about waving his no-trade clause, he'd at least listen if, say, the Red Sox, Cardinals or Braves wanted him.
Talk about taking a sentence out of context. This blurb from a rather lengthy, somewhat opinionated article on chron.com is not telling you everything.
Now, I'm no expert on Roy Oswalt, but I've seen enough of his interviews to know without a doubt that Roy would not waive his no-trade clause for the sake of his reputation. And the rest of Jesus Ortiz' article on chron.com confirms my common sense:
Oswalt would prefer to stay in Houston, but it's doubtful the ultra-competitive starter would want to stick around a losing environment if it seemed as though the team won't contend for the next four years.
If the Astros approached Oswalt about waving his no-trade clause, he'd at least listen if, say, the Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals or Atlanta Braves wanted him. To be clear, though, he would never request a trade.
"If they came to me and they thought it was better for the future of the organization if they traded me, I'd do whatever's best for the future of the team," said Oswalt. "The key is if that's what the organization wants and thinks is best for the team to get better."
First of all, Jesus Ortiz is not exactly the most trustworthy source. He speaks with a hasty, biased tongue. His "doubtful" assumptions are purely conjectures. Secondly, I'm not sure what exactly makes Ortiz so sure that a) Roy would even consider a Cardinals trade, and b) that the Astros would even conceive trading one of the best pitchers in the league, and arguably the best pitcher in the NL Central, to the Astros' arch-nemesis, the Cardinals. That would be like the Cards sending Pujols, Edmonds, and/or Rolen to Houston. Never gonna happen!
All in all, this RUMOR is completely columnist talk, written to spread a little controversy to get fans all riled up at the management. Roy signed his new 5-year contract under the condition that it included a FULL no-trade clause. He's definitely not going to ask to be traded just because his team is having a bad year...like most teams do every once in a while. And I can't even think of a scenario in which the team would be able to make a reasonable argument for trading him away...anywhere.
Oswalt grew up in the Astros organization and I don't think he's ready to leave them empty-nested yet.
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