Oswalt insists being close to home won’t dictate trade decision

Astros right-hander Roy Oswalt said Monday that "location doesn’t matter" when it comes to a potential new home.

Oswalt repeated to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart what he has been saying since requesting a trade: He just wants to pitch for a contender, wherever it plays. Houston is buried deep in the NL Central.

There has been speculation Oswalt would prefer to be dealt to a team that is close to his Mississippi home.

The Phillies and Cardinals are considered the top two contenders for Oswalt, and he is willing to waive his no-trade rights to go to either club. Oswalt also has indicated he’d forgo his $16 million option for 2012 in the right deal.

Astros right-hander Roy Oswalt said Monday that "location doesn’t matter" when it comes to a potential new home.

Oswalt repeated to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart what he has been saying since requesting a trade: He just wants to pitch for a contender, wherever it plays. Houston is buried deep in the NL Central.

There has been speculation Oswalt would prefer to be dealt to a team that is close to his Mississippi home.

The Phillies and Cardinals are considered the top two contenders for Oswalt, and he is willing to waive his no-trade rights to go to either club. Oswalt also has indicated he’d forgo his $16 million option for 2012 in the right deal.

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