Report: The Astros would send the Phillies $12 million in the Oswalt deal

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Earlier today we’d heard chatter that the Astros would be sending $8 million to the Phillies in the Roy Oswalt deal. That, combined with a couple of decent but not really high-ceiling prospects seems like a good deal for the Phillies, but it may be even better than that. Jayson Stark is now saying that $12 million would be coming back.

I can only assume that means that Philly has agreed to pick up Oswalt’s option and they’re asking for the vast majority of it to be subsidized by Houston.  It could also mean, however, that the brand of prospect coming back is better than we thought before.

Jonathan Singleton maybe? Like Matt Rizzotti, he’s a 1B/DH. Unlike Rizzotti he’s young and projectable. Specifically, he’s 18 and is hitting .312/.418/.526 at A-ball.

If Singleton is in this deal, it’s way, way better for the Astros, money or no money.

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.