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.

Mariners get 2B Kolten Wong from Brewers for Winker, Toro

Kolten Wong
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SEATTLE – The Seattle Mariners acquired second baseman Kolten Wong from the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday in a trade for outfielder Jesse Winker and infielder Abraham Toro.

Seattle also receives cash as part of the deal. ESPN reported the Brewers would be sending the Mariners about $1.75 million.

Milwaukee has been shedding payroll this offseason after going 86-76 and missing the playoffs for the first time since 2017. The Brewers picked up the $10 million team option on Wong’s contract for 2023 last month, then traded him away.

Wong, 32, batted .251 this season and had a career-best 15 homers to go with 47 RBIs and 17 steals in 134 games. He had a .339 on-base percentage and .430 slugging percentage.

But the two-time Gold Glove winner had an uncharacteristically tough season in the field with 17 errors to match his career high.

After ending a 21-year playoff drought, adding a second baseman had been one of the Mariners’ chief offseason objectives. Wong was Milwaukee’s starting second baseman for the last two years after spending his first eight seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Winker gives the Brewers a power-hitting outfielder to help replace Hunter Renfroe, traded to the Los Angeles Angels last week.

The 29-year-old Winker hit .219 with 14 homers and 53 RBIs in 136 games for Seattle in 2022 after playing five seasons in the NL Central with the Cincinnati Reds. He batted .305 with a .394 on-base percentage, .556 slugging percentage, 24 homers and 71 RBIs in 110 games with Cincinnati in 2021, when he was a National League All-Star.

Mariners president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto said after the season Winker had surgery on his left knee and was expected to undergo another operation to repair an issue with his neck.

Toro, who turns 26 on Dec. 20, hit .185 with a .239 on-base percentage, 10 homers and 35 RBIs in 109 games this past season.