Roy Oswalt Requests Trade: Astros GM Ed Wade Confirms, Departure Looms

Denton RamseySenior Analyst IMay 21, 2010

HOUSTON - MAY 21:  Ed Wade, general manager of the Houston Astros, confirms with the media that pitcher Roy Oswalt has asked to be traded as he fields questions before the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Minute Maid Park on May 21, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Bob Levey/Getty Images

Houston Astros fans will soon be facing a sad reality.

Roy Oswalt is heading elsewhere—and soon.

According to Houston Chronicle sports columnist Richard Justice via Twitter, Astros general manager Ed Wade (pictured at right) confirmed the team’s right-handed ace has asked to be traded.

It was also the talk of the evening during Friday's night home game at Minute Maid Park against Tampa Bay—as both Astros announcers and sports media alike flocked to Wade for confirmation of Oswalt's request.

And yes, Oswalt wants out of Houston.

This breaking news comes as the Astros continue to coast in the MLB cellar—holding an overall record of 14-27 through May 21.

No wonder Oswalt wants to leave.

The rebuilding process in Houston has already begun; and the mound dirt will truly hit the fan once Oswalt is traded and no longer donning an Astros uniform.

Saying goodbye to the club’s ace will be tough to swallow, but a majority of fans have seen this coming.

Unfortunately, the Astros just can’t seem to get it together this 2010 season.

Dealing with Houston’s MLB team is like babysitting a bipolar-manic teenager: up, down, up, down…

Eventually, the losing must stop and the Astros must begin looking towards the future.

That first step will be letting go of a big name in return for some young talent.

And it appears that name will be Oswalt's...

 

 

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