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.

Pirates pitcher Steven Brault sang the National Anthem last night

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Pittsburgh Pirates swingman Steven Brault has a 4.38 ERA in 19 games this year. He also has a music degree and is a professional singer on the side of his baseball gig. He didn’t get into last night’s game against the Brewers as a pitcher, but he did get to use his singing skills.

Specifically, Brault got to sing the National Anthem. And he did an OK job of it too. He’s not Whitney Houston or anything, but he did what all Anthem singers who are not as gifted as Whitney Houston was should do: he kept it straight and businesslike, avoiding unnecessary flourishes:

It’s march, dang it, not a ballad, and it should be treated as such. Unless of course you’re Whitney Houston.