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Roy Oswalt Rumors: Potential Deal With Cardinals Fuels Speculation By Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal

Veteran MLB starting pitcher Roy Oswalt has been linked to the St. Louis Cardinals via free agency, and the Cardinals have denied any pending move, but leave it to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports to stoke the flames. His thoughts on Oswalt to the Cardinals go in many different directions, but all of them are at least a little bit interesting. For example, there have been reports that the Cardinals' one-year, $5 million offer is less that what the Texas Rangers are willing to pay, but Rosenthal wonders if Oswalt "could accept a discounted deal to play close to a farm that he owns in northern Missouri."

Then comes the issue of whether the right-hander would become a part of the bullpen or the starting rotation. The MLB scribe posits that St. Louis could "trade either right-hander Kyle Lohse or Jake Westbrook to clear a spot for Oswalt in their rotation" or that there may be "an undisclosed injury that is creating a sudden need in St. Louis." As with most Rosenthal rumor pieces there isn't much to go on, but if you are hoping for Oswalt to make his way to St. Louis then this speculation should fill your mind with all types of interesting speculation and conjecture.

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