Phillies And Astros Working On A Major Deal

An article by posted on July 20, 2010

Update 11:55PM

AOL’s Bill Price confirms that the Astros and Phillies are definitely engaged in talks, but a source wouldn’t say it’s down to “finishing touches” yet.

Original Post 11:30 PM

According to a report by Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Phillies might be on the verge of something big.

There were indications Tuesday the Phillies were working on a major deal to acquire a starting pitcher in an attempt to save a season that has veered in the wrong direction this month.

The Phillies will need a starting pitcher for Saturday, since they sent Monday’s starter Kyle Kendrick back to the minor leagues on Tuesday. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr., who is with the club in St. Louis, hinted strongly to reporters that the Phillies could acquire a pitcher from outside the organization to make that start.

The club might also need a starter for Sunday now, as well, because the tentative pitcher that day, Jamie Moyer, left his start Tuesday after one inning with what was described as a left elbow strain.

At the same time, they were also discussing a companion trade that would move outfielder Jayson Werth to free up money, open a spot for top prospect Domonic Brown and replenish their prospect supply.

He goes on to say that the Phillies have spent a lot of time in recent days exploring a trade for Astros ace Roy Oswalt.

This comes on the heels of the Atlanta Braves acquiring Alex Gonzalez last week.

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