Not so fast.... Rumors of the two time defending NL Champion Philadelphia Phillies imminent demise may be a bit premature.
Multiple sources are reporting that Astros RHP Roy Oswalt will waive his no trade clause and approve a trade to the Phillies.
It appears as though the Astros will pay as much as $11 million of money remaining on Oswalt's contract through next year and in return receive left-handed starter J.A. Happ and two prospects.
Happ who has been on the DL since April 22 with a lower forearm strain, just returned to action this past week. He was 12-4 as a starter last year with a 2.982 ERA.
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While the Phillies prospects have not yet been identified, one would have to believe that that it would include the team's best minor-league hitting prospect, first baseman Jonathan Singleton. Singleton is currently at Class A Lakewood in the South Atlantic League, hitting .312 with 18 doubles and 12 home runs.
The Phillies come into the day trailing the Braves by 3 1/2 games. Oswalt's presence changes the landscape not only in the NL East, but all throughout the league as they will instantly become a lock in many people's eye's to secure a Wild Card spot if not win the NL East.
It remains to be seen how Oswalt adjusts his southern diet to a steady dose of Philly Cheese stakes. - Paul Leume
Paul is a MLB columnist from Montreal, Canada. Paul, a one-time beat writer covering the Montreal Expos for the Montreal Gazette is a proud grandfather of 3 girls and now spends his time offering his thoughts and prospective on Major League Baseball on a variety of blogs and websites throughout Al Gore's internet.