I was looking at the remaining SP depth around the league, and came to the conclusion that there's not much left out there for the Reds to trade for. I see they've add Springer, who's OK, but let's be honest, if the Reds want to clinch the Central (against a very tough and talented Cardinals team) they're going to need some extra pitching firepower. Oswalt would be just the right man for the job, because he's a dominant #1. He'd instantly become the ace of the staff, and he'd be available longer term (he's indicated he'd like to have his option picked up for next season.
Which brings the only major drawback to him. Can the Reds afford him? He'd cost them about $9million this year and another $16MM (assuming they pick up the option) next year. By eating most of his contract, I would expect the prospect cost would also come down, perhaps only one prospect of any significance.
It'd be a steep price to pay, but I think it would make the Reds favorites to win the Central, and they'd also have much better prospects in the playoffs. He may be this year's Cliff Lee, which is enough reason to take a chance on him now.
Not being a Reds fan first, I'm not sure whether the team can afford such a high priced player, but I expect, given the number of FA's signed this offseason, that the team would be able/willing to pay for Oswalt and a chance for a World Series ring.
With this move the Reds could also finally relieve aaron Harang as the #1, and perhaps even let go of Bronson Arroyo in the off-season. I'd have expected those two to be let go anyway, since the rotation without them is still full of young studs: Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, Edinson Volquez, Aroldis Chapman, and maybe even Travis Wood. Still that'd be a hell of rotation for next year!
Oswalt, Volquez, Leake, Cueto, Chapman/Wood <-- Best in the NL
So what do you think Red Nation?
ps sorry about the nickname, I'm a pittsburgh fan first.