Well, the deal everyone has been waiting for is finally done. Roy Oswalt has waived his no-trade clause and will become a Philadelphia Phillie, according to multiple reports.
Included in the deal, according to Ken Rosenthal, is pitcher J.A. Happ, outfielder Anthony Gose, and shortstop Jonathan Villar (not Villan). In return, the Phillies will receive Oswalt and a cash amount that still has yet to be verified. However, most believe it's $11 million.
The Phillies will also add $1 million to Oswalt's buyout in 2012, but have not exercised his $16 million option by making the trade.
Most believe Oswalt will become the third guy in the rotation, knocking Joe Blanton down to the fourth spot that Happ once occupied. Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels will likely remain the first two, and Kyle Kendrick will round out the rotation at the fifth spot.
It is possible, however, that Oswalt becomes the second guy and knocks Hamels to third.
Oswalt certainly makes the rotation better, but I'm still not a fan of moving Happ. He's not on the same level as Oswalt just yet, but he's shown the ability to be a great pitcher in the future, and at a much, much cheaper price.
But, if we didn't already know it before, this move shows that the Phils are hellbent on winning this year. They're not thinking about clearing up the cash to re-sign Jayson Werth or worrying about what they're rotation will look like in three years.
All they see is three potential aces on their roster, an offense that's heating up, and a shot at playing in October.
So while they might see immediate benefits this season, this trade could have repercussions—both positive and negative—lasting at least two seasons, if not more.
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