Final details are still being worked out, according to Jim Salisbury, but the deal will include left-hander J.A. Happ, outfield prospect Anthony Gose and shortstop Jonathan Villar going to Houston. The Phils will also receive cash. According to Charlie Manuel, Oswalt will debut for the Phillies tomorrow night in Washington.
Anthony Gose, CF: Second round pick in the 2008 draft. One of the fastest players in the minor leagues (76 stolen bases in 96 attempts last season). Could become an elite defender in center field. Was also viewed as a left-handed pitching prospect. Still very raw, but at 19, has time to develop. Hitting .263/.325/.385 with 36 stolen bases, four homers and 103 strikeouts in 450 plate appearances at Clearwater. (Update: ESPN reports that Gose will be flipped to the Blue Jays, who coveted him during last season's talks with Toronto.)
Jonathan Villar, SS: Very fast, but very raw. Hitting .272/.332/.358 with 2 homers, 38 stolen bases and 103 strikeouts in 364 plate appearances. He's committed an eye-opening 42 errors at short. Only 19, he signed out of the Dominican Republic and made his US debut in 2009.
Beerleaguer: There is a common thread between Gose and Villar. Scouts will put way more stock in their tools and potential than their stat sheets. Reading a couple of reports, they were arguably among the Phillies' five or six-best position players in the system. The stats don't do them justice, and shortstop isn't exactly a position of strength for the Phillies.