Roy Oswalt demands to be traded

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Roy Oswalt had another tough-luck loss last night. In the recaps this morning I said “Roy Oswalt (2-5 with a 2.66 ERA) is giving serious thought to stealing a
convertible, grabbing Zack Greinke and going on a cross-country crime
spree as a result of the run support injustices done unto him for so
long.”

Seems that Thelma is getting ready to find Louise and head the heck out of town: He has asked Astros’ GM Ed Wade to trade him. Wade, however, doesn’t seem too inclined to do anything about it:

Asked if Oswalt had demanded a trade, Wade said: “I’m going to put my
tongue in my cheek and say that Roy’s contract includes a no-trade
clause, not a trade-me clause. There is no rule that allows a player in
his contract status to demand a trade. Demand, request… it’s all the
same and duly noted.”

Um, yeah.  Memo to Ed Wade: your team is horrible, your farm system is horrible, and Roy Oswalt represents about the only thing approaching tradeable value you have.  For your sake I hope this little coy act is just about playing hard to get and maximizing Oswalt’s value in the open market. Because if it isn’t, and you decide not to deal the guy who will, by far, be the most desirable starting pitcher available in-season, you’re committing General Manager malpractice.

Bidders line up on the right.  There’s a good one about to become available. We hope.

Félix Hernández to rejoin Mariners’ rotation for final start of 2018

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Mariners starter Félix Hernández will come off of the disabled list to make his final start of 2018 on Wednesday against the Athletics, MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports. Hernández has been on the disabled list since September 8 with a right hamstring strain.

Hernández, 32, has endured the worst season of his 14-year career. He’s 8-13 with a 5.46 ERA and a 121/57 K/BB ratio over 151 2/3 innings. Hernández wants the opportunity to finish 2018 on a good note. He said, “I feel good. No problems. It’s 100 percent. I just want to finish strong and show them I can still pitch. It wasn’t a big injury. They just wanted to give me some rest.”

Hernández is under contract for one more year at $27 million. He has been the face of the franchise for the last decade, but if he doesn’t show he’s capable of beating major league hitters by the end of spring training next year, the Mariners may not be able to afford to give him a spot in the starting rotation. Despite a second-half slide, the Mariners were competitive in the AL West this year, entering the All-Star break 58-39, five games out of first place. With some roster fine-tuning, the Mariners could give the Astros and Athletics a run for their money. Hernández’s involvement with that effort remains to be seen.