Oswalt Joins Phillies

Roy Oswalt approved on Thursday a trade that allowed the Houston Astros to send him to the Philadelphia Phillies for pitcher J.A. Happ and two minor leaguers just days before the July 31 trade deadline.

The trade was in line with a wish Oswalt made in May. The 32-year-old right-hander had a no-trade clause in his contract with the Astros, thus his approval was needed before the trade could be consummated. The acquisition of Oswalt gives the Phillies another ace in their rotation, which includes Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels. “To have Roy Oswalt, Roy Halladay and additionally Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton and Kyle Kendrick, we stack ourselves up as one of the best rotations in baseball,” Phillies manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

Houston, which sent an undisclosed amount of cash to Philadelphia, also received outfielder Anthony Gose and shortstop Jonathan Villar from the Phillies. The Astros later traded Gose, a speedy 19-year-old of the advanced Class A Clearwater, to the Toronto Blue Jays for Triple-A first baseman Brett Wallace.