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Report: Nationals have interest in acquiring RHP Oswalt

May 24, 2010

WASHINGTON -- Roy Oswalt's desire to be traded from the Houston Astros has apparently piqued the interest of the Washington Nationals.

Major League Baseball's Web site, mlb.com, reported Sunday that the Nationals are looking to improve their rotation and have expressed interest in trading for Houston's right-handed ace, according to a baseball source.

The Nats have not confirmed that they have interest in the Astros' ace, and Oswalt's agent, Bob Garber, did not return a phone message Sunday.

Oswalt's desire to be traded from the struggling Astros is fueled by wanting to play for a contender. At 23-22, the Nationals are off to their best start since the 2005 season and considered a team on the rise once right-handers Stephen Strasburg -- the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft -- and Jordan Zimmermann are in the big leagues.

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Although Oswalt, 32, requested to be dealt, he has a no-trade clause and is in the fourth year of a five-year, $73 million contract that will pay him $15 million in 2010 and $16 million next season.

A three-time All-Star, Oswalt has won 139 games with a 3.21 ERA in his 10 years in the majors. He's won 20 games twice and finished in the top five in the National League Cy Young Award voting five times.

Oswalt is 2-6 with a 2.66 ERA and nine quality starts this season.

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