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Cardinals’ GM denies team has deal in place with Roy Oswalt

Jan 28, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

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There was increasing chatter late last night about Roy Oswalt closing in on an agreement with the Cardinals. Gordon Edes of was even told by a source that the veteran right-hander was headed to St. Louis. Those reports were downplayed early this morning and now we have an official denial from the team’s general manager.

Matthew Leach of was told┬áby Cardinals GM John Mozeliak via email this morning that rumors of an agreement are “not true.” Another club official indicated that no roster moves appear to be imminent.

Does this mean it won’t happen? Of course not. We’ve heard multiple times this week that Oswalt wants to pitch closer in proximity to his Mississippi home and would prefer to join either the Cardinals or the Rangers. And it sounds like he means business. According to Jon Heyman of, Oswalt recently turned down a one-year, $10 million contract from the Tigers. It’s highly unlikely he’ll get that much guaranteed cash from anyone else.

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of reports that while the Rangers are interested in Oswalt, they have not made him an offer.

  1. mojosmagic - Jan 28, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    The Cards bought at least 5 years good will by getting hot at the right time last year. Time to stuff their pockets with the green.

    • okwhitefalcon - Jan 28, 2012 at 3:38 PM

      No 5 years of good will here.

      I appreciate the run to the 11th World Series title but that’s over.

      This is a new era for the franchise that has alot to prove after the massive amount of turnover from front office, on field leadership and and star personnel.

      I’d love to see Oswalt as a Redbird, shows a commitment to the partially distrusting fanbase by an organization in a state of flux.

  2. halladayslabia - Jan 28, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    I’d scold you all for getting this story wrong, but considering you only re-brand others’ reporting as your own, it is difficult to blame you for this.

  3. phillyphever - Jan 28, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Ok, this is getting old. Oswalt, I would love to have you back here on a one year deal, but come on man make up your mind already.

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 28, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      Even if it is the case that he has had offers that he hasn’t accepted, why should he? This is his career to do with as he pleases. He’s already on record as saying he could hang ’em up whenever he wants. Maybe he’s trying to make sure that he still has it in him for one more long, grueling season of baseball, just so he doesn’t screw over a team by signing and giving it up midseason or in spring training.

      But I do agree that it would be great to see him in red pinstripes for another, possibly ring winning season.

      • spudchukar - Jan 28, 2012 at 7:48 PM

        He went down that road last year, and since the Pheelies have not improved their offense, he has decided to turn his options elsewhere.

  4. lewp - Jan 29, 2012 at 6:49 AM

    Whoa! Not so fast my friends.

    Oswalt still has a meeting with the Rangers Monday…..who knows what’s gonna happen there..

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