Well it's obviously a craptastic situation considering the contract, his performance and the resources already committed to the rest of the rotation. However, I'm trying to figure out solutions that don't involve a rookie or a re-tread. I live in Houston and my Astro buddies are ready to turn over the entire roster, especially Oswalt and Lee. I keep telling him there's no way we move on Oswalt bc we don't have the ammo and we already have so much money tied up in Carp, Lohse and the pending Waino deal.
While I don't expect a move of that magnitude I am interested to know how this diagnosis and potential surgery will impact the team's responsibility for paying the contract this year. Does anyone have intimate knowledge of the process and if the contract would be covered by insurance this year? If so, what is the likelihood that the team would view that as free money and trade for say 8 million worth of salary in another starting pitcher? I know from Tracy McGrady and Yao's injuries that insurance can come into play and get a team off the hook for salary but I'm not sure what parameters must be met so if anyone has helpful insight I would like to hear it.