HOUSTON -- Now that Cliff Lee is off the market, could Roy Oswalt be the next big-name pitcher to be dealt ahead of the July 31 Trade Deadline? Oswalt was asked Friday whether he expects to hear about more trade possibilities now that Lee has been dealt from the Mariners to the Rangers.
"This is my first time [going through this]," he said. "I don't know."
Rangers president Nolan Ryan told MLB.com last month he was interested in acquiring Oswalt, who earlier this year requested the Astros trade him to a contender.
"That's a good pickup for them," Oswalt said. "Lee's a good pitcher, and adding a quality starting pitcher should make them better."
Oswalt is 6-10 with a 3.08 ERA in 18 starts this year, and is coming off a one-hit shutout against the Pirates on Thursday at Minute Maid Park. Scouts from the Phillies, Mets, Twins, Rays and Dodgers were among those on hand to watch Oswalt throw Thursday, but nothing appears imminent.
"They told me they'd come to me first and tell me what they have on the table, and they haven't told me anything," Oswalt said Friday.