Oswalt trade won't hinge on club wins record

Oswalt trade won't hinge on club wins record

HOUSTON -- Astros right-hander Roy Oswalt said Sunday morning that he wouldn't veto a potential trade in exchange for getting another chance to tie the club's all-time wins record. Oswalt lost to the Reds on Saturday, leaving him one win shy of Joe Niekro's record.

Oswalt, who has requested a trade, will start Friday against the Brewers at Minute Maid Park in his final start before the arrival of Saturday's Trade Deadline. He is tentatively scheduled to start for the Astros on Aug. 4 at St. Louis, which is one of the clubs pursuing him. The Phillies also have a strong interest.

"It would be nice," Oswalt said of becoming the franchise's all-time wins leader. "We'll have to wait and see what happens."

Oswalt said he hasn't been approached by the Astros or his agent about any potential deals. When asked whether he would be disappointed if he didn't get dealt, he said: "I don't know what I'd feel. I've been pretty numb the last two weeks."

In front of Oswalt's locker Sunday was a huge box containing his 2005 National League Championship Series MVP trophy, which he plans to ship to his home in Mississippi. The Astros got him a replacement after the original was destroyed in a tornado earlier this year. Now Oswalt can't help but wonder if he'll be shipped off soon, too.

"You think about it, for sure, not really knowing where you're going to be in the next few days," Oswalt said. "You have to wait until that decision is made and they approach you with something. It would be different for sure, to put on a different uniform. I won't know that feeling until it happens. You never know. I may be here until Oct. 4."