Oswalt Stands by Trade Request, Wants to Go to Playoff Team
But when you come from a town of 500, Roy Oswalt said Friday, all metropolises are pretty much the same.
"Location doesn't matter," Oswalt said Friday before the Astros played the Yankees, not at all backing off his request to be traded from Houston.
"I'm only there [a new team] a year and a half. [New York] is as good as any other city. Every city I go to is big. It's different from where I grew up."
Oswalt did say he wants to go to a team that "pretty much" is a sure thing to make the postseason this year.
"I'm just kind of leaving all the options out," Oswalt said. "Someone said something about a list [of teams to which he'd approve a trade] not too long ago and all this, and I don't know anything about that. We'll see where I fit at."
Oswalt holds a full no-trade clause, but he said that geography or league won't matter to him -- just a chance to go to the playoffs.
"From the very beginning, I said an organization that wants to win," Oswalt said. "The Yankees surely want to win."
Oswalt -- who has a 141-78 career record and this year has a 3.16 ERA and 11 quality starts, tied for second-most in the National League -- also said he'd welcome the challenge of moving to the tougher American League.
"Actually, I'd be excited to pitch over here," he said. "Everyone keeps bragging, or keeps saying, this league's tough.
"No matter where you pitch at, you've still got to pitch, get guys out."
General manager Ed Wade, whose team went into Friday's game 25-36 and 10 games out in the NL Central, said he wouldn't discuss potential trades.
"We want to win with the guys who are here," Wade said. "And if at some point we get to the stage where we think we have to do something different, we'll act accordingly."
But Oswalt seemed just as desirous of a trade as he was 3 1/2 weeks ago, when he had his agent contact the team about the possibility.
"Everyone tries to put this all on me," Oswalt said. "This is for both of us, I think, personally. In the whole scheme of things, it would be best for both of us. I'm not planning on playing a whole lot longer. ... I would love to be in contention, to get back into the playoffs.
"The biggest thing with us is our minor leagues is kind of depleted. We don't have those guys coming from the minor-league side to push us. That's why I think it would be best for both of us."
So what does Oswalt think will happen?
"I'm thinking I'm going to pitch until I get traded," he said. "I might be here for two more years. You never know."