Phillies have deal in place for Roy Oswalt

08 Mar 2002 : Roy Oswalt of the Houston Astros during the Spring Training Game against the Kansas City Royals in Haines City, Florida. The Astros won 11-0. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Did you think the Phillies were just going to lie back and let the Braves take the NL East from them? You did? Well then you, my friend, were wrong. Dead wrong.

According to FOX 26 in Houston, the Phillies have a deal in place for Astros’ starter Roy Oswalt and are waiting for the pitcher to sign off on it. He needs to waive his no-trade clause before any deal goes through, but unless he really, really likes the Beer Can House (it’s made of cans! Cans, I tell ya!), then there’s little doubt that Oswalt is on his way out of Houston.

Apparently the two sides have agreed on the amount of money that the Astros will take back in the deal and the two teams have agreed on the players that the Phillies will have to give up. Who those players are nobody knows, but J.A. Happ is probably one of them.

Speaking of Happ, it was rumored yesterday that he may have been involved in a deal that would have sent him to the Cubs in exchange for Ted Lilly. But obviously if the Phillies acquire Oswalt, Lilly would be dropped from Philly’s plans like a (insert clichéd line here).

More on this story as it develops.

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Ted Lilly for J.A. Happ trade in works?

Jul 9, 2010; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly (30) pitches during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Photo via Newscom

Well, it’s certainly not Roy Oswalt but the Phillies appear to be on the verge of acquiring a starter as the trade deadline nears.’s Ed Price is reporting via his Twitter page that a possible Ted Lilly-for-J.A.-Happ deal could be in the works, although nothing is confirmed as of now.

The 34-year-old Lilly has posted a 3.69 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 18 starts this season and would give the Phillies the middle-of-the-rotation arm that they so desperately need down the stretch. (Too bad Lilly can’t fix their offensive woes.)

Happ is 1-0 with a 1.76 ERA and nine Ks at the big league level this year. He also has 12 walks and his WHIP is 1.63, but he’s a young lefty with plenty of talent. If he could figure out his command troubles, a change of scenery might do him good.

We’ll see if the two clubs can work a deal out.

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