Like a relationship that had reached the point of no return, the Astros were left with no choice but to part ways with Roy Oswalt on Thursday, trading their ace to the Phillies for pitcher J.A. Happ and a pair of minor leaguers.
For a franchise lagging in fifth place in the National League Central, holding onto Oswalt made little sense. The Astros need to rebuild, and keeping a slowly disgruntled hurler with a $44 million price tag wasn't the best way to achieve future success.
There are other reasons the Astros had to let go of a three-time All-Star with 143 career wins, and we explain them here.