Roy Oswalt says he has a "small window" to win

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roy oswalt headshot astros.jpgRoy Oswalt addressed
reporters on Saturday, one day after it was revealed that his agent
Bob Garber informed Astros owner Drayton McLane of his request for a trade (via
Bernardo
Fallas of the Houston Chronicle
).

“I don’t want
people
to think I’m leaving because we’re not doing well,” Oswalt said
Saturday. “I have a small window (to return to the playoffs).”

Oswalt, 32, has two guaranteed years remaining on his contract. The veteran right-hander hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2005, when the Astros lost to the White Sox in the World Series. Though he has shifted his focus to joining an “immediate contender,” Oswalt said that he would consider coming back to Houston
to finish his career.

“I told (Astros
owner) Drayton (McLane) I’d love to come back and finish my career,”
Oswalt said. “I’d play another year just to do that.”

It’s one thing to read these quotes, but I recommend you watch this video posted by Alyson Footer, the Astros’ senior director of social media. Oswalt isn’t big on being the center of attention, but his reasoning sounds pretty straightforward and honest. Let’s hope Oswalt’s friend Drayton McLane does him and his team a favor by sending him to a contender and netting a few promising prospects in return.

Javier Baez, D.J. LeMahieu have disagreement about sign-stealing

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Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.

LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.

There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.

The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.