Don and Jim are having a rough year. They’re pruntinis and they’re nosethumbing at sabermetrics (they’re right, but they’re doing it wrong…) and so forth are getting out of hand. And complete homerism. Not to mention they get so involved in their “philosophy talk” that they miss counts all the time. Call the game, yo.
“•Talks between the Phillies and Astros have intensified in the last day, according to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark. The clubs have more or less agreed on players – J.A. Happ and prospects would go to Houston – but they can’t agree on how much salary the Astros will absorb. Jayson Werth is off the market, so taking on payroll won’t be easy for the Phils.”
And I’m pretty sure he waffled on the “don’t wanna play there” sentiment when Oswalt sort of “communicated” to him he would be stuck in Houston if he painted them in a corner trying to get to St. Louis.
“•Oswalt is telling friends that he can’t wait to leave Houston, according to Newsday’s Ken Davidoff. The righty says he won’t necessarily insist that teams pick up his 2012 option.”
And I’m pretty sure OSWALT waffled on the “don’t wanna play there” sentiment when HOUSTON sort of “communicated” to him he would be stuck in Houston if he painted them in a corner trying to get to St. Louis.
I will say this much, though, if the Phillies lose Happ in this trade, I don’t think the Halladay/Oswalt/Hammels/Blanton/whomever rotation in 2011 will be as horrifying as it would have been with Happ. If they get Oswalt and keep Happ, forget it. Game over. They’d be up around 160 million, nearly doubling the Braves. There’s only so much you can do to overcome that.
*plus or minus whatever they spend to replace Werth, but he’s only making 5 mill this year, so…
If the Oswalt deal goes through, this is shaping up to be the most disappointing, heart-wrecking, spirit-sapping development conceivable coming on the heels of a 3.5 game loss of ground in one week, and going into a road series against the Reds.
Hope Wren doesn’t make it worse by spending major farm talent on a minor piece. We have to either let this Philly yankeethon bleed out, or start spending money ourselves.
At a time like this, it’s infuriating that the Braves decided to be so liberal with the Chipper Jones and Derek Lowe contracts just to turn around and jerk the rug out from under the team’s budget.