Roy Oswalt officially a Phillies member

The deal is done, Roy Oswalt (RHP) is officially a Philadelphia Phillies member. Piecing this together, it appears the Astros send Oswalt and $11MM to the Phillies for Happ, Gose, and Villar, with the Phils potentially adding $1MM to Oswalt’s buyout but not exercising his option.

Little background and bio about him for those who don’t know him well:
Oswalt is currently considered to be among the elite pitchers in the National League. After completing nine years (2001-2009), Oswalt has compiled an 137-70 record with a 3.23 ERA and a 3.58 strikeout-to-walk ratio (1473 – to – 418) in 1803.1 innings pitched. He posted a 20-12 record in 2005 with a 2.94 ERA, repeating his 20-win performance of 2004. He was the ace of a Houston Astros staff that included Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte. He is also a three-time All-Star.

Oswalt is known as one of the faster workers in baseball in terms of time between pitches. Despite his small frame, he is one of baseball’s hardest hurlers, and frequently appears among the league leaders in innings pitched.
Oswalt throws four primary pitches. His fastball is consistently between 92 miles per hour (148 km/h) and 94 miles per hour (151 km/h), occasionally touching 95 miles per hour (153 km/h) to 97 miles per hour (156 km/h). He throws a high percentage of fastballs and is known to be very aggressive, at times throwing multiple fastballs in a row into the strike zone. He throws two overhand curveballs: a hard snapping curve in the low 80s that is gripped with two forefingers over the seams and a looping slow curve of about 70 miles per hour (110 km/h) that is thrown with three fingers over the seams. Oswalt also throws a straight changeup in the low 80s, and a slider in the mid 80s. On occasion, Oswalt will mix a cut fastball or a two-seam fastball. Roy’s pitching style emphasizes changes of speed and elevation.

* 3x All-Star selection (2005, 2006, 2007)
* 2005 NLCS MVP

And if the Phillies have anything to add maybe we can add another NLCS and WS appearance to his list!


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