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The latest on Oswalt

Jul 22, 2010, 9:51 PM EDT

There have been various updates and added wrinkles to the Roy Oswalt news since this morning. The highlights:

  • Derrick Goold reports that the Cardinals are the Astros’ first choice. This squares with what I was hearing last night. Past of it is geographic (Oswalt owns a farm in Illinois and it isn’t terrible far from his Mississippi home).  Part of it is clubhouse culture. Part of it is that Oswalt believes that the Cardinals represent is best chance to win a championship.
  • Heyman says that the Cardinals want the Astros to take on a good chunk of the money still owed Oswalt. I’m sure that’s what they want — who wouldn’t — but I have to think that at some point the Astros would think that, hell, if they’re paying for the guy they may as well get 200 quality innings out of the guy a year too, so why bother?
  • Brad Lidge volunteered that he would gladly call Oswalt in an effort to sell him on coming to Philly instead.  This is rather interesting. On the one hand, given all of the strife Lidge has gone through in Philly these past two seasons, if he can still endorse the city and the club to Oswalt, it speaks highly of the place and maybe Oswalt should listen. On the other hand, the more Lidge reminds Oswalt that Lidge will be responsible for closing out Oswalt’s starts, the less attractive such a prospect becomes, no?
  • Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Cardinals have offered two players from their major league roster for the Astros ace.  In other words, not top pitching prospect Shelby Miller.  Jon Jay, Allen Craig and Fernando Salas are among the likely suspects.

It’s all pretty quiet on the non-Oswalt trade rumor front today, so look for more updates to this one as events warrant.

  1. Simon DelMonte - Jul 22, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Is it too soon to speculate about how effective a Wainwright-Carpenter-Oswalt rotation might be like in a playoff series?

  2. CJ - Jul 22, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    It’d be nasty. Not too mention Garcia. They could all pitch on regular rest and still light up anyone. Now I’m going to go puke at the thought the Phillies traded Lee and might find a way to blow this deadline by not getting a frontline starter.

  3. Utley's hair - Jul 22, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Maybe Lidge will promise to get an every-5-days flu or something.

  4. Jonny5 - Jul 22, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    they bring Lidge into the situation, He blows it. That’s what he does.

  5. Jonny5 - Jul 22, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    I don’t know, I think the Phills are more desperate than the Cards are. They might be able to get it done one way or another. Maybe some crazy 4 team trade than involves Texas and St Louis…… Hey, why not get Lee back into the mix ???

  6. Simon DelMonte - Jul 22, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Could be worse. What if they brought in Isiah Thomas?

  7. Ace2000 - Jul 22, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Right, I suppose Garcia is the 4th starter in this scenario? Yikes. There would be absolutely no let-up in that rotation. (Although these things tend to look better on paper than in practice. The Cards lost all 3 of their playoff games last year, with Carpenter and Wainwright starting the first two. Not that it was all their fault, but you know . . .)

  8. Utley's hair - Jul 22, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Rube would somehow get Lee and Oswalt in St. Louis with their salaries and washed-up former top prospects for the Phightins.

  9. james t - Jul 23, 2010 at 5:23 AM

    he must come to st.louis. Franklen aint a bad closer. And the sweet offense. Run support.

  10. james t - Jul 23, 2010 at 5:24 AM

    dream on

  11. james t - Jul 23, 2010 at 5:30 AM

    St.Louis is going to go for it this year. It will all fall apart soon enough. Oswalt is a key piece for pitching.I would not be shocked if Tony L goes to manage the cubs next year. And they say Albert doesnt care about money, but his causes could make more anywhere else. If St.louis doesn’t make the move this year it won’t happen anytime soon afterword.

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