Let me start with the fact that I think Ed Wade made the safe and wise choice to deal Oswalt at the trading deadline. I'm not sure he got the best possible deal but after reading about how difficult it was going to be to deal Roy, I'm not too surprised at what Wade got in return. Yet now I can't help but look at the Rangers and the Yankees who are both desperate for an ace pitcher and wonder what they would have given up for Roy right about now after they both lost out on Cliff Lee.
We may not have Roy to sell off but we do have Wandy. He is a rent a player but the Rangers and Yankees, most off all, are worried about winning next year, and Wandy wouldn't handcuff a team in the future with a massive contract like Lee unless they choose to extend him. I would think his contract would make him appealing to the Rangers, and the Yankees are starting to sweat a bit as they watch Boston load up. I can't imagine they feel really good about signing Mark Prior. I'm sure there would be plenty of other teams interested in him as well. What kind of haul would you want for Wandy? I think we could use an upgrade at every single infield position. And if they can land a 3B or 1B, then the Astros could deal Wallace or Johnson for other parts. Who would you sign to replace Wandy? I don't think any of their minor leaguers are really ready to step in, so they would need to pick someone up.
I for one am ready to take some lumps if it means getting higher quality young players in return. So, I would be willing to take a chance and deal him now to get upside and a higher draft pick. I know many of you value those few extra wins, but I feel like this coming season is mostly lost, and 2012 isn't looking much better.