If we’re going to criticize anyone in the greater Roy Oswalt discussion for having unreasonable demands, Oswalt shouldn’t be at the top of the list. Astros’ GM Ed Wade should. Derrick Goold reports on Houston’s demands:
According to a National League executive, the Astros have said
the package must include two top prospects, a third minor-league
player, and a young player who is “major-league ready.”
Which is totally ridiculous. Such a return would even be ridiculous if the Astros were eating a ton of salary, which they aren’t at all willing to do.
I understand that Ed Wade wants to get a load in return, but there are enough difficulties involved with trading Roy Oswalt that his unreasonable demands aren’t helping the situation.
Given the money and the lack of leverage involved, I think Wade would be lucky to get a single top prospect and some other serviceable player, be it a minor leaguer or someone who is “major league ready.”
Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area hints that the Giants may be done with outfielder Hunter Pence. It’s not clear just how seriously the club is contemplating such a decision, but there are six days remaining on Pence’s rehab assignment, at which point they’ll be able to recall him, reassign him to the minors or release him.
The 35-year-old outfielder has struggled to make a full recovery after spraining his right thumb during the first week of the season. Pence bounced back for a 17-game run with the Giants in April, during which he slashed a meager .172/.197/.190 with one double and one stolen base in 61 plate appearances, but was eventually placed on the disabled list with recurring soreness in his finger. He currently sports a promising .318/.359/.388 batting line with four extra-base hits (including a grand slam) over 92 PA in Triple-A Sacramento.
Despite his recent resurgence in Triple-A, the Giants may not need the additional outfield depth just yet. Mac Williamson, who was recalled in the wake of Pence’s DL assignment, has already cemented the starting role in left field and is off to a strong start at the plate as well. Of course, if the Giants decide to say a premature goodbye to their veteran outfielder (who, it should be said, helped them to two World Series championships over the last seven seasons), it’ll cost them the remaining balance on his $18.5 million salary for 2018.