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Yanks would give Oswalt a winner and a close friend

Houston Astros starting pitcher Roy Oswalt throws during

Houston Astros starting pitcher Roy Oswalt throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers. (May 26, 2010) Credit: AP

There are lots of reasons Roy Oswalt likes the idea of being a Yankee: They do all they can to win and Oswalt's good friend, former teammate and fellow Southerner Andy Pettitte, is a Yankee.

Of course, the Yankees don't have a glaring need for another dominant starter. But Oswalt, whose agent requested a trade from the struggling Astros three weeks ago, said Friday he has no list of teams he'd approve a trade to and even the Mets could be in the mix.

"I'm just kind of leaving all the options out," Oswalt said before the Astros began their three-game series against Pettitte and the Yankees at the Stadium. "Someone said something about a list not too long ago. I don't know anything about that. Just see where I fit at, weigh the team as far as options and go from there."

There has been talk that Oswalt, from tiny Kosciusko, Miss., wouldn't enjoy life in the big city. He dismissed that, too.

"Andy grew up in Texas; I grew up in Mississippi, so anywhere I go is bigger, anyway - there's 500 people where I live,'' he said. "Any city I go to is going to be bigger. The city wouldn't be a big change. Location doesn't matter."

The Astros (25-37) are 9-4 in their last 13 games, but Friday night's loss dropped them 101/2 games behind the first-place Reds in the NL Central. General manager Ed Wade declined to discuss any trade talks he has had and said Oswalt, who has another season at $16 million left on his contract, still can be a big part of the Astros.

"Roy's the ace of our staff. He'd be the ace of any staff," Wade said. "We want to win with the guys who are here. If at some point we get to the stage where we have to do something different, then we'll act accordingly."

Oswalt said he and Pettitte have talked a couple of times since Oswalt's trade request went public. "We talk more pitching than anything," Oswalt said of Pettitte, who was an Astro from 2004-06. "It seems like everywhere he goes, he wins. It'd be great [to play with him again].

"From the very beginning, I said [I wanted to go to] an organization that wants to win, and the Yankees surely want to win . . . Every year, they're going to try and go out - if they're lacking a player, they're going to go out and get him. Doesn't matter about salary or anything."

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