As we continue following the developing Roy Oswalt story – for up-to-the-minute updates as events unfold check El Maquino’s breakdown – it appears that the Cardinals are in the middle of an attempt to dump salary to make both payroll and roster space for a Free Agent Starting Pitcher most likely by the name of Roy Oswalt. Despite reports, there is little to no chance any such opening would be used to tender a contract to the less enthusiastic option Edwin Jackson who was once expected to net at least a few years on his forthcoming deal.
The Cardinals are currently reported to be in trade discussions with at least one team and likely a couple more. The Baltimore Orioles present themselves as the most likely destination for a Kyle McClellan trade at the moment and reports have swirled that the Cardinals asked of a mid-level prospect in return. This suggestion was rejected however as too high a price to pay for the services of Kyle McClellan right now (and I would agree). The Cardinals will, if they haven’t already, adjust their offer to accept little more than salary relief. McClellan is due $2.5MM in 2012 after coming to an agreement with the Cardinals a couple of weeks ago.
The only major hang-up right now in the club’s possibility to move McClellan to the Orioles is their desire to bring back their 2011 trade chip Koji Uehara – a player they traded to the Rangers on July 30th for Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter. Texas is the only other viable (known) suitor for the services of Roy Oswalt this season so they have the opportunity to create a gap in there roster and play spoiler to their 2011 World Series foes in St. Louis.
Roy Oswalt is expected to visit the Texas Rangers tomorrow (Monday) and will likely make a decision within the next seven days. As always, this is a developing story and I’ll continue to look at our possibilities as the situation evolves.