The Phillies are talking about possible tandem trades where they would deal slugger Jayson Werth and acquire Astros ace Roy Oswalt, according to sources. And the Phils are said to be looking at scenarios where they can accomplish the two goals simultaneously.
One possibility would be to trade Werth to the Rays to acquire prospects they could then send to the Astros for Oswalt, whom the Phillies covet, according to someone familiar with the talks. Philadelphia apparently is having difficulty finding a match with Houston straight-up for Oswalt and is looking to involve a third team. The Phillies and Astros deal frequently, as Astros GM Ed Wade used to be the Phillies’ GM and is close to Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, adding to the plausibility of such a scenario.