If former Astros ace Roy Oswalt comes to the Cardinals, it won't be as a reliever, his agent told mlbtr.com Saturday morning.
With the news, according to several sources, that Oswalt is close to signing with the Cardinals is true he must be convinced there will be room for him in the starting rotation.
So, if no one from the planned starting rotation of Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright, Jaime Garcia, Kyle Lohse and Jake Westbrook is injured, it appears the Cardinals must have a trade in the works... Or at least they're hopeful they can swing a deal at a later date.
Lohse and Westbrook both have no-trade clauses in their contracts, so that' going to be an obstacle to moving them. But if the Birds tell Westbrook that he's going to be a mop up man out of the bullpen in St. Louis or else he can accept a trade (perhaps back to his old club the Indians) to be in the rotation, maybe he would be convinced it's in his best interests.
As long as Oswalt and the other starters are healthy, I think this pick-up would help the Cardinals tremendously. Oswalt is such a bulldog on the mound that he'll give the Birds a better chance to win on every fifth day than the other candidates for the last spot in the rotation. Plus, he'll be a great influence on the wealth of young righties the Cardinals have on the roster.