Discussion

Oswalt trade rumors hot, but so what?

Updated: May 25, 2010, 3:59 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Roy Oswalt trade rumors are swirling about, and while I agree that the statistical fate of the Houston Astros starting pitcher can only improve with a trade to a contender, I think fantasy baseball owners might be overrating the situation just a bit.

For one, it's hardly a guarantee Oswalt gets moved, not with the financial commitments on his contract and what figures to be a hefty asking price from the Astros in return. Fantasy owners should never try to acquire a player -- especially a pitcher -- on the premise a real-life trade will so positively affect his statistics that it alters his value. Often that trade never comes. However, I feel like people are viewing Oswalt as a CC Sabathia- or Cliff Lee-type of top pitcher who puts up spectacular numbers following a trade. Now that I don't quite see.

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