It looks like he doesn’t.
Early yesterday it was reported that Roy by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that Oswalt does not want to play for the Phillies. Then a few hours later Oswalt told MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart that “location doesn’t matter.” He was also quoted in a local Houston paper saying that he would accept a deal to the East Coast under the right circumstances. “That’s not an issue,” he said.
The issue is money, duh Roy, we got it.
What I think will make this deal strange is that Roy is regarding himself as a staff ace, and we all know that in Philly this guy is gonna be our third starter. Does he want to go to a team to contend or does he want to go there to be the ace? He’s been the ace in Houston and I’m sure he’s had fun there. They have been in the basement of their division for years. I look at a guy like Zack Greinke, he won the Cy Young in Kansas City but that’s all he’ll ever do there. Do you think that’s what Greinke wants? What’s wrong with Philly Roy? I’m not even sure if I want a Prima donna like that.
Word out of the Philles camp is that it’s a possibility that Oswalt can be had without having to deal Jayson Werth. The Astros are apparently seeking Major League caliber pitchers, for us that likely means J.A. Happ.