Although he is not believed to be on Houston’s trading block, several teams – including the Yankees, Angels, Braves, Mets and Phillies, sent scouts to watch the right-hander, according to MLB.com. [Link]
Oswalt is under Houston control through 2011 and is earning $13M this season. The deal includes a no-trade clause and an option, however, and goes up to $14M in '09, $15M in '10 and $16M in '11. His numbers have dropped off sharply this season (5-7, 5.06 ERA, 83 ERA+), thanks to 17 homers allowed, fourth most in the National League and one away from matching his career high for a season. The Astros (33-39) have lost seven in a row and have fallen 12 games behind the Cubs in the NL Central.
Beerleaguer: Hey, Ed? Would you like to be reunited with your 2004 first-round draft pick? Sounds like scouting for scouting's sake. The same article reiterates the Phillies’ search for left-handed relief, which appears to be deep with candidates. MLB Trade Rumors lists Colorado’s Brian Fuentes, Pittsburgh’s John Grabow and Damaso Marte, Cincinnati’s Jeremy Affeldt and Kansas City’s Ron Mahay among the candidates.