Steve Phillips: I’d Trade Strasburg for Roy Oswalt

As time passes, I find that my opinion of Steve Phillips worsens.  He obviously has very few morals, as evidenced by the not one, but two, extramarital affairs we know of Stevie involving himself in.  While placing himself in those situations may have been the stupidest thing Phillips has ever done — even more mind-boggling when you consider the physical appearance of the women involved — the stupidest thing he may have ever said was aired on live radio today.  When discussing the Roy Oswalt situation and his desire to be traded, Phillips apparently remarked that if he were the Nationals, he would trade Stephen Strasburg for Oswalt straight up.

Yes, the same Stephen Strasburg who is one of the most hyped prospects of all time, has not yet reached his 22nd birthday, and is currently 6-1 with a 0.89 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 40.1 innings combined between AA and AAA this season.  I didn’t even believe this news when I heard it, but then it was confirmed by two Twitter users —  JimmyTraina and GaryArmidaFCP — that he indeed said it on Mike Francesa’s radio show.

Basically, Steve is all for the Nationals wagering their entire future to acquire a pitcher on the downside of his career for a year and a half.  Oh, and do it during a time span where your team has no shot at a World Series, or probably even making the playoffs.  It’s days like these that Mets fans need to rejoice that the man who brought them Mo Vaughn is no longer in control of their franchise’s future.

There’s a reason why Steve Phillips is no longer a GM [Hardball Talk]
Steve Phillips on with Mike Francesa [WFAN]

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  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    He also said that Roy Oswalt’s a top five pitcher. I think highly of Oswalt, but he hasn’t been a top five pitcher the last few years. Hmm, a year and a half of Oswalt or six guaranteed years of Strasburg? There’s no wonder he’s no longer employed.

  • http://na Berdell Hardy

    Steve Phillips, former Mets GM, was probably joking when he made such a rediculous comment. The guy was rasied in Michigan, and was a Detroit Tiger fan while there. So he had to witness what happen to the Tigers in 1987 . Sparky Anderson was the Tiger manager then.

    He probably observed them (Detroit Tigers) make the second all-time baseball ‘gaff’–ranking next to the Red Sox selling the fabled Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees–by trading to the Atlanta Braves future HOF’er John Smoltz for a journeyman named Doyle Alexander. Alexander lasted roughly 2 1/2-years with the Tigers (although he did help them win the AL-East in ’87. But Smoltz did a helluva lot more for the Braves. The ill-advised trade led to the ‘toothless Tigers’ of the ’90’s.

    His Strassburg for Oswalt makes Phillips part of the “Dumb n’ Dumber” team!