The soap opera that was the Roy Oswalt rumors finally came to an end today, as Houston dealt him to the Phillies for J.A. Happ, two Low A hitting prospects in outfielder Anthony Gose and infielder Jonathan Villar, and $11 million. The fact that the Phillies are including money in the deal is why they were able to give up so little. As a result, the Phillies were able to keep their top prospects-Jonathan Singleton, Jarred Cosart, and Trevor May.
Apparently, Astros GM Ed Wade was not involved in the negotiations of this deal, as Houston owner Drayton McLane was doing most of it. Strange. It appears he just wanted some money in the deal and he got it. He should have asked for Singleton, and I am sure he did.
So, Dan Haren and Roy Oswalt are dealt for next to nothing. I could be wrong, as some of these prospects could become solid major leaguers, but what we know today, they were traded for peanuts.
I think we will start to see more off-season deals as a result.
As far as fantasy value, Oswalt's increases a bit as he should win more games as long as he keeps pitching this well. Happ is a 5th starter in my book. He pitched over his head last year.
Update: The Phillies get $11 million in the deal, not the Astros, so the Astros definitely just wanted to dump the remaining portion of his salary. The year of the pitcher has reduced the value of ace starting pitchers on the market. In addition, it appears the Astros are sending Gose to the Blue Jays. There has been no report of what Houston will receive in return for Gose.