According to Jim Hayes of Fox Sports Midwest, the Cincinnati Reds are inquiring on Astro Ace Roy Oswalt.
Hayes, calling into the radio show he co-hosts in St. Louis on 590 the Fan, reports that the Reds have called the Astros on the pitcher. They would appear to have the payroll fleixibility to add him and the prospects required for the deal.
Any deal would have to start with Yonder Alonso, the Reds top fielding prospect. Alonso is blocked by All Star Joey Votto, although he’s not quite ready yet for the majors.
I would also think that the Astros would want 2 pitching prospects and another fielder. I ranked Travis Wood and Matt Maloney the #2 and 3 best pitchers in their organization and both could be available. Top pitcher Aroldis Chapman won’t be moved. 2 possible attractive fielders could be Todd Fraizer and Chris Heisley. Fraizer can hit and play multiple positions; I think he’ll stick at second in the majors. Heisley has been up with the Red this year and could be a nice addition for the Astros, although they have a full outfield as is.
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