According to a report by MLB.com analyst Jim Duquette, the St. Louis Cardinals are close to agreeing on a deal with free agent SP Roy Oswalt. Though the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros are still in play for Oswalt's services, Duquette's report indicates that the Cardinals may be wrapping the derby up.
If the Cardinals sign Oswalt, likely on a one-year deal, it would almost certainly signal the end of their pursuit of Edwin Jackson, who joined the Cardinals at last year's trade deadline. Oswalt was effective last season when on the mound, finishing the year with a 3.69 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 139 innings for the Philadelphia Phillies.
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