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MLB Rumor Central: Roy Oswalt To Detroit?

HOUSTON - MAY 09:  Pitcher Roy Oswalt #44 of the Houston Astros throws against the San Diego Padres at Minute Maid Park on May 9, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Joe UnderhillCorrespondent IIIMay 31, 2010

Its been suggested by ESPN and the Detroit Free Press the Tigers might be possible suitors for Roy Oswalt. The question both sources state is whether the Tigers have enough young talent to pull off a deal.

Buster Olney suggests the market for veteran pitchers might be a buyers market, as there are quite a few pitchers expected to be on the block. 

Oswalt is a proven pitcher who is throwing very well this year. The Tigers could use another proven pitcher, and they might actually have some pieces to entice the Astros. 

I think the Tigers would need to offer two top tier talents to get Oswalt. The first two which come to mind are Daniel Schlereth and Ryan Strieby. I think any deal between the Tigers and Astros will include Strieby for two reasons: one, he is very close to being major league ready and two, he has no position in Detroit and will fill a need in Houston. 

Lance Berkman is on the down side of his career, Striby would be able to take over at first base and provide Houston some much needed pop. The Tigers might offer other pitchers, the ones which make the most since to me are: Schlereth, Andy Oliver and Armando Galarraga. A lower tier pitcher(s) will probably be added as well. 

I think using Strieby and one of the above pitchers would be a good place to begin discussions. The Tigers management has always been good about trying to make the Tigers better both now and in the future

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