Oswalt won't let money hold up trade

Oswalt won't let money hold up trade

HOUSTON -- Astros right-hander Roy Oswalt, who's been at the center of trade speculation since he asked the club to trade him to a contender two months ago, said on Friday that money won't be an issue in approving a trade from the Astros, hinting that he's not worried about teams' willingness to pick up his $16 million option for 2012.

"The money part, I can work out with anybody," he said. "We can work on doing different things to restructure whatever they want to do. The biggest thing is making it work for both of us."

Oswalt, who will try to tie the franchise's all-time wins record when he faces the Reds on Saturday, is due to make $16 million next season in the last year of his contract, but there's a club option for 2012 that would pay him another $16 million.

It has been reported Oswalt wanted any club interested in trading for him to pick up his option in order for him to waive his no-trade clause. Oswalt doesn't expect the option to be a bone of contention.

"I'm going to find a way to get it done if it works for both of us," he said. "I'm not going to go somewhere that's bad for me. I don't want to do anything that puts the Astros in a bad situation."

The Phillies and Cardinals remain the focus in the trade negotiations, which Astros general manager Ed Wade declined to discuss, citing a team policy. Oswalt didn't offer much information on Friday.

"I think my biggest focus is still pitching and this will work itself out," Oswalt said. "I don't think about this when I'm away from the field. I'm trying to focus on winning the game tomorrow."