Astros starter Roy Oswalt is expected to be the top pitcher available on the trading block this season for four reasons-
- He’s a proven pitcher with postseason experience.
- He’s making a ton of money.
- He’s publicly admitted he would welcome a trade.
- These Astros are not very good.
Now what does this have to do with the Nats? In Buster Olneys blog this morning he dropped this tidbit….
The feeling among rival executives is that they are apt to be aggressive before the trade deadline, the kind of team willing to take on a contract — like Oswalt’s — that might appear oversized to other teams. The Nats’ window of opportunity is opening, and Storen’s promotion so early in the season tells us that they will work like crazy this summer to climb through (in spite of their three-game slide in Colorado).
So there you have it…someone actually just referred to the Nationals as ”contenders”.