Well, well, well, Roy Oswalt finally got traded! This proves that the Phillies have the two best pitchers named Roy! In all seriousness, this was a great trade for the Phillies. Before I go into why it was so great, here is what the trade was...
Roy Oswalt, obviously
11 Million Dollars which pays for the Astros part of Oswalt's Salary when he was in Houston
J. A. Happ and 2 Minor League players.
The reason why this trade went so well for the Phillies along with the Astros was the Phillies now have Halladay, Oswalt, Hamles, Blanton, and Kendrick. The team is surging with their 8th straight win tonight (July 29). This is without J Roll (Jimmy Rollins), Shane Victorino as of last night, and Chase Utely. They add a great pitcher into their mix and their best players come back......Atlanta is hearing some footsteps behind them and they will probably choke like the New York Mets. This isn't a rip off for the Astros though. They get a decent pitcher in J. A. Happ, but he has had some tenderness in his pitching elbow and has limited his play. The 2 Minor League players are decent players as well so they can contribute to the future of the Houston Astros.
Lets look at the number sha'll we?
Roy Oswalt- RHP 6'0" 190 LBS
This Season: 6-12 ERA: 3.42. Lets remember he hasn't had much help in the offensive area of the Houston Astros. He does have 120 strikeouts and only 1 Complete Game.
His Career Record: 143-82.
Final Review: I really like this trade for both teams but definitely for the Phillies. This is definitely the icing on the cake for the Fightin' Phils