Oswalt And The Cardinals

Free agent righty Roy Oswalt is being eyed by the Cardinals, reported Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe yesterday, and he'd love to pitch in St. Louis.  However, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweeted today that a team source downplayed the Cardinals' interest in Oswalt as a starter.  Strauss' implication is that the Cardinals might have interest in Oswalt for a relief role, perhaps with big incentives if he is to jump into the rotation.  The Cardinals currently have five starters under contract for 2012.

Oswalt has done very little relief work since his 2001 rookie season, and it's not known whether he's open to the idea of joining a bullpen.  The 34-year-old was limited to 145 innings in 2011 due to back pain.


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62 Comments on "Oswalt And The Cardinals"


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chico65
3 years 6 months ago

What?  A reliever?  Guess he’s not signing with the Cards then.

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Stark2k
3 years 6 months ago

How insane.  Guy had 140 good innings last year… he was disappointing for the four aces hype but he wasn’t bad at all. 

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James Attwood
3 years 6 months ago

Oswalt in a reliever role? Outside of a playoff rotation? Especially when he’s trying to sign a make-good contract? Yeah – right. Why would he go to St. Louis for that?

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jhfdssdaf
3 years 6 months ago

If he really wants to pitch for St. Louis, he’d take a reliever job if that’s what it takes.

It’s not like there are teams pounding on his door right now.

Besides, he’d be a reliever in name only.  Even odds Westbrook is forced out if they sign Oswalt.  Calling him a reliever is simply a way to pay less in salary.

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James Attwood
3 years 6 months ago

Plenty of temas would likely sign him now that he is looking for a one year deal. He’s not going to be signing with anyone for lack of suitors/interest. He’ll be signing with the team that gives him the best opportunity to prove his durability while also winning games. St. Louis gives him that as a starter. The idea is to sign a one year contract in order to prove himself so that he can get a better contract next off-season. He’s not doing that from the bullpen.

If St. Louis signs him, Westbrook has to be out.

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jhfdssdaf
3 years 6 months ago

Westbrook will get “injured” if nothing else.  Trading him would eat most of his salary anyway.

However, if teams were pounding down his door to sign him to a one-year deal, the St. Louis talk wouldn’t be here.  Either that, or the teams that are pounding on his door aren’t the ones he wants to play for.

For the record, I don’t see Oswalt signing with the Cards to join the bullpen.  Either he’ll be given assurances behind the scenes that he’ll find his way into the rotation, or he’ll have to lower his expectations far enough to land a different starting job elsewhere (note: quality of team is the key expectation here).

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Phillies_Aces35
3 years 6 months ago

The last article I saw about Roy Oswalt said he had about 8 suitors. He has plenty of interest.

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jhfdssdaf
3 years 6 months ago

The last full article I read had him listed with 8 or 9.  Many of those teams have individual rumors which seem to take them back out.

The article above says Red Sox are likely out.  Miami just acquired Z, so they are likely out.  Another article here ruled out Blue Jays.  Nationals are likely out after Gio.  Rangers are thought unlikely if they sign Darvish, Twins can’t afford him, and the Yankees don’t seem interested due to luxury tax.

Things may change, but of the 9 teams listed in the poll on January 1, all but the Tigers and Royals have rumors downplaying their interest.  Tigers are looking to make a push for Garza, so they may eliminate themselves too.

I expect things to change after Darvish, Garza and Jackson find their respective homes, but if a team had true interest in him, I think he’d be signed by now.  He’s probably the most talented “fall back” option I’ve seen in a while.

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stl_cards16
3 years 6 months ago

Strauss should be embarrassed to write this. He doesn’t really believe the Cardinals would sign him, ship him to the pen, and still trot Jake Westbrook out there every fifth day, does he?

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rayking
3 years 6 months ago

I read the headline of this post and immediately thought “sweet, they traded Westbrook!” No such luck.

No way they add Oswalt without moving Westy – Westbrook makes too much money to move into the bullpen, and the thought of having Oswalt pitch out of the pen is as ludicrous as you point out.

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Kendall Adkins
3 years 6 months ago

We have to pay Westbrook either way though. I think he’d be good in the bullpen since he is usually awesome for like 3-4 innings, and then falls apart. Financially, it may not be a good idea, but the Cardinals would definitely be better with Oswalt in the rotation and Westbrook in the pen. 

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Redbirds16
3 years 6 months ago

I get the impression these are like the Buerhle to StL rumors earlier in the offseason. The Cards would love to have either pitcher, but the rotation is full. 

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jhfdssdaf
3 years 6 months ago

At the right price, you can pitch them from the bullpen (or eat Westbrook’s salary).

The problem here, as with Buerhle, is finding that right price without getting massively overbid.

I’m sure the Cards would have happily signed Buehrle instead of Romero.  Buerhle wasn’t about to take three to five million a year. 

Oswalt likely won’t either.

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Ryan The Braves Fan For Life
3 years 6 months ago

Good fit

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Cards_Fanboy
3 years 6 months ago

Great fit! Now, what to do with Westbrook….

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MB923
3 years 6 months ago

Not if he’s a relief pitcher. Heck if Jake Westbrook didn’t have, well let’s say, a well above AAV contract, then I don’t think there’s any hesitation that he would be moved to the bullpen. Not that it can’t happen though.