For the third separate time in 12 months, a different ace pitcher will be calling Philadelphia their new home.
First, it was Cliff Lee.
Then it was Roy Halladay.
Now, Roy Oswalt is coming to the City of Brotherly Love.
After a week of speculation, the final deal looks like this.
Roy Oswalt and Cash (11 million dollars) to the Philadelphia Phillies for P J.A Happ, OF Anthony Gose, and SS Jonathan Villar
Another part of the deal is that the Phillies DO NOT have to pick up Oswalt’s 16 million dollar option for the 2012 season, something that was rumored to be a condition of Oswalt waiving his “No Trade Clause” and going to another destination.
According to GM Ruben Amaro Jr., Oswalt will fly from Houston to Washington DC late Thursday Night. He will then travel to Nationals Park on Friday morning with the team. So, as it stands now, not only will he be in uniform for the Phillies for the start of their series with the Nationals on Friday, but he is also scheduled to make his debut on the mound tomorrow night for the Phillies.
With that said, I’m going to let this all sink in.
A reaction post to the trade will come later tonight after the Phillies game.
Until then, celebrate..