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Friday, July 16, 2010
How much is Roy Oswalt worth?

From Jon Heyman's rundown of pitchers who might be available:
Yet another object lesson in the hazards of the no-trade clause. The money's one thing; if someone offered the Astros a couple of solid prospects, they could justify sending a few million bucks along with Oswalt. It would nice to have that option, anyway. But that no-trade clause gives all the power to the player, which is fine when you're winning but pretty annoying when you're losing.

The Astros are losing. And they should be annoyed.

All that said, is $25 million through 2011 really so out of line? Is $16 million in 2012 really so unreasonable?

According to FanGraphs, Oswalt was worth $14 million last season, and is heading toward $18 million this season. That's $16 million per season. Granted, you might not be able to justify those salaries if you're running an American League team, and you might not be able to justify spending that money and giving up two prospects. I'm just saying that Oswalt's contract really isn't outrageous, and that exercising the 2012 option wouldn't be a terrible risk.