Source: Phillies Not Relenting in Pursuit of Roy Oswalt, Dan Haren
The official expects a Phillies deal to involve a third team that would acquire outfielder Jayson Werth.
The Phillies were among four teams scouting Oswalt's start Saturday, along with the Yankees, Dodgers and Cardinals.
Those keeping an eye on the right-hander did not see him at his best. The Reds -- a team he usually owns, to the tune of a 23-2 career record entering the game -- touched him up for six runs in the first three innings. He departed after five innings trailing 6-0, falling short in his bid to tie Phil Niekro's record 144 wins as an Astro.
One scout in attendance who does not work for one of the aforementioned teams was not impressed with Oswalt's showing, saying his fastball was straight and his command "slightly below average."
As much as the Phillies' offense has struggled this season, they could use a boost in the rotation these days. Kyle Kendrick got the win over Ubaldo Jimenez and the Rockies on Saturday, but that was only the fifth victory recorded by a Phillies starter in the team's last 24 games. Kendrick and Roy Halladay have two each and Cole Hamels the other.
After Jamie Moyer went down with an elbow injury this week, the Phillies have called up lefty J.A. Happ from the minors to start Sunday. Happ has been in Triple-A since late April.