As everyone knows by now, Roy Oswalt has requested a trade from the Astros. However, the Astros have shown in the past that they would rather lose every year and be stuck overpaying veterans than rebuilding over a couple of years and becoming contenders.
Now that the face of the franchise has grown tired of losing, it would seems the Astros should trade Roy and begin the rebuilding process. So, how much is too much?
A Dodger blog, Memories Of Kevin Malone, looked at how good is Roy Oswalt and how much is too much for Oswalt.
His conclusions were that the Dodgers, who many feel have a weak rotation, have two guys(Hiroki Kuroda and Clayton Kershaw) who are better than Roy Oswalt statistically right now. Hell, statistics show that Chad Billingsley, the same guy who is labeled as 'weak' and was called a '#4 potential pitcher' by Tony Jackson recently, is also very similar to Roy.
When a team has a 'weak' rotation, but still has 3 guys that are statistically similar or better than Roy, why would teams trade top prospects for Roy? Especially when you consider his salary, no trade clause, increasing age, and back spasms in the past, do any teams offer top 50 prospects or just go with a handful of good but not great prospects?