Originally posted on Dodgers Rumors  |  Last updated 5/29/12
Well now that is a bit awkward, about 10 minutes after I finished up the article below, ta-da! Roy Oswalt signs with the Texas Rangers. Oswalt will earn a guaranteed $5MM salary plus $1MM in incentives, Jon Heyman reports via Twitter. So much for having to up the ante, what a bummer. With Oswalt off the open market, the Dodgers will now be forced to go to the trade market if they hope to improve their starting rotation. Cole Hamels? With Roy Halladay out for at least six to eight weeks, the Phillies are currently sitting dead last in the NL East, but only by four games. Still the Phillies are already missing quite a few of their superstars, and with the breaking news that Halladay will be out for two months, this may just be the deathblow to former World Series champs. If the Phillies continue to fall down the standings in the NL East I could definitely see the Phillies turning into sellers at the deadline. The Phillies may be prepared to sell on Hamels either way, especially if they know he isn't going to be able to come to an long-term agreement. Beyond Hamels there is a plethora of big named starters that could help out should the Dodgers decide to explore the trade market in the next couple months. Zack Greinke is an interesting name to watch as the Brewers play .400 ball. Yes, the Pirates and Astros are playing better baseball than the Brewers, who are in fifth place in the NL Central, seven games back behind the first place Cincinnati Reds. Greinke is no doubt going to require at least $100MM this off-season, and though the Brewers have been open to extending Greinke long-term, perhaps they will re-think that logic come July. That's a lot to commit for a small market team like the Brewers. Perhaps a couple pitching prospects from the Dodgers may persuade them to take a more familiar approach.
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