Astros owner Drayton McLane on Wednesday acknowledge the team is discussing trades involving right-hander Roy Oswalt, but he denied reports saying a deal is about to happen.
"[General manager] Ed [Wade] and I talk several times every day, but nothing’s imminent," McLane told MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart. "Trades really don’t get done [until close to the July 31 nonwaiver deadline]. There is no imminent trade with the Phillies or anybody else. There have been lots and lots of discussions, nothing close to a trade."
Oswalt told reporters at Wrigley Field he wasn’t sure where things stood.
"I don’t know anything about it," he said. "I really don’t. I saw it on TV this morning actually. I’ve seen a bunch of other things on TV news and whatever. Until I get told something, I don’t know."
Oswalt would need to approve any deal, because he has a no-trade clause in his contract. He said earlier this season he’d be willing to waive it in the right deal to a contender. AOL FanHouse, citing an unnamed source, reported Wednesday night that Oswalt would approve a deal to Philadelphia.
Asked earlier Wednesday if he’d be willing to go to the Phillies, he said, "It would have to work for both of us. If it doesn’t work for both of us, no. But if it does, maybe."
What might make a deal work for Oswalt is if a team guarantees his $16 million club option for 2012. ESPN’s Jayson Stark reported Wednesday that Oswalt is asking interested teams to do that as a condition of him approving a trade. Stark reported the Phillies are unwilling to do so right now.