Phillies looking to unload Werth, acquire Oswalt in separate deals
The Phillies are talking about possible tandem trades where they would deal slugger
One possibility would be to trade Werth to the Rays to acquire prospects they could then send to the Astros for Oswalt, whom the Phillies covet, according to someone familiar with the talks. Philadelphia apparently is having difficulty finding a match with Houston straight-up for Oswalt and is looking to involve a third team. The Phillies and Astros deal frequently, as Astros GM
Any Oswalt deal is complicated by a few factors, including the fact that some say he is interested in having his 2012 option picked up and also his no-trade clause. He is said to have a short list of teams to which he'd accept a trade, but perhaps the Phillies could be one of them. Oswalt also has about $25 million remaining on his contract. One competing GM suggested Houston has signaled it might be willing to pay some of the $25 million, depending on the prospects they'd receive in exchange for Oswalt, who is just 6-11 but has a 3.12 ERA.
Werth is a terrific all-around player but, like a lot of the Phillies, he is not especially hot, and that may be complicating things as well. Werth, an All-Star last season, enters Wednesday night's game batting .283 with 13 home runs and 50 RBIs.
The Phillies made a long-term contract offer to Werth, but he didn't quickly accept it and is being shopped, according to sources. The Giants, Padres and Braves are among other teams looking for outfield help, and San Francisco has been connected to Werth, as well as Milwaukee outfielder
The Phillies have top prospect
It isn't known what the Phillies offered Werth but he is believed to be seeking in excess of the $66 million the Mets signed
Some competing teams are now suggesting again that the Phillies should just have kept
• The Giants are thought to have interest in Blue Jays slugger
• The Brewers plan to give manager
• The Yankees, White Sox and others have called the Nationals about
• The market is moving slowly in general, no surprise since few of the players remaining are stars, and teams do not want to surrender premium prospects for complementary players and average starters.
• The Yankees are interested in Baltimore's
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• The Mets seem focused on relievers at the moment and have talked about
• The Mets seem to like the Astros'
• It could be a big year for transition for legendary managers, with the Cubs'