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The St. Louis Cardinals don't have a deal in place to sign free-agent starter Roy Oswalt -- yet -- but they are working diligently to create the necessary payroll flexibility, major-league sources said Sunday.
Oswalt likely would jump at an offer of one year and $10 million from the Cardinals, according to a source familiar with his thinking. In recent days, the team has discussed proposals in the range of $7 million. That is why the Cardinals are attempting to move relief pitcher Kyle McClellan and his $2.5 million salary.
St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak is said to be concerned with alleviating McClellan's payroll obligation, rather than obtaining top-end talent in return.
Oswalt, 34, would prefer to pitch for the Cardinals or Texas Rangers, one source said. Oswalt plans to meet with the Rangers on Monday and could make his final decision by the middle of the week, sources say.
The Cardinals already boast a formidable rotation. The addition of Oswalt would give them one of the best in baseball: Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright, Jaime Garcia, Oswalt, and Jake Westbrook or Kyle Lohse.
Lohse started one game in each postseason round last year. Westbrook earned the win in relief during the Cardinals' epic Game 6 win over the Rangers in the World Series.
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A few weeks ago, I talked about how Roy Oswalt could end up as the steal of...
The Red Sox reportedly made a contract offer to Roy Oswalt this week, but the right-hander could be taking his talents elsewhere. Oswalt is nearing a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals, according to ESPN.com's Gordon Edes. A major league source reportedly stated that a deal could get done "soon," although Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak insists that the report...
The team wonders about Roy Oswalt's commitment as it meets with the pitcher today.
Rumors are flying around that free agent starting pitcher Roy Oswalt is close to choosing his 2012 team, and that the top suitor right now is the reigning World Champion St Louis Cardinals, who are ahead of the Tigers, Red Sox, and Astros in the race for Oswalt. But does the starter make sense for St Louis?
Honestly, it seems like Oswalt would be a better match for the Red Sox,...
According to the latest rumors, Roy Oswalt is likely to end up in St. Louis. Edwin Jackson has "multiple" three-year offers, but may accept a one-year deal to see what his market is for next year. (Which puzzles me a bit, actually. Why not the bird in the hand?) The Sox are still mentioned as a possible one-year destination for Jackson.We're past plan B, and probably...
There have been reports that Cardinals were favored by Roy Oswalt and they are the front-runners in the race. The Cardinals were also reported to have made an identical $5 million offer to Oswalt as the Red Sox did earlier in the week.
According to Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio, the Cardinals appear to have the inside edge on signing free agent pitcher Roy Oswalt...
The Rangers are scheduled to meet with free agent right-handed starter Roy Oswalt on Monday, a source confirmed Sunday afternoon.
I received several texts, emails and phone calls in the days following the Tigers’ signing of Prince Fielder. The messages varied, but the tone was always the same:
“Now we have to go sign Roy Oswalt, there’s no way we can compete without him.”
“Now we have no reason to sign Oswalt, we can’t compete this year, period.”
“Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera in the same...
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Roy Oswalt has been in the top six in the National League Cy Young Award balloting six times. If you need a guy for Game 7 in a World Series, you could do a whole lot worse than the man from Mississippi.
The Texas Rangers met with free agent right-handed starter Roy Oswalt on Monday in what a source called an exploratory lunch.
Free agent Roy Oswalt will not be choosing a new team Friday, a major league source said, even as reports surfaced that the veteran hurler is leaning toward signing with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cardinals' search for pitching depth has returned them to
free agent righthander Roy Oswalt despite the club's persistent
denials that it is actively pursuing its longtime nemesis.