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Astros: Cards "longshot" to get Oswalt

According to the latest reports from the Houston Chronicle, the Cardinals are still in the bidding for Roy Oswalt. But they are considered to be "a longshot" to acquire the Astros ace.

Houston owner Drayton McLane told the paper that he thinks the likelihood of Oswalt being traded is 60-40 in favor of a deal. But he said he wouldn't be disappointed if the second winningest pitcher in club history was still around at the trade deadline and beyond.

Oswalt doesn't feel the same way, according to other reports Wednesday. He is said to have told friends he "can't wait to get out of Houston."

Phildelphia seems to be the favorite to pick up Oswalt. The Phillies are in second, 3 1/2 games back of the Braves in the National League East. They're four games out of the wildcard berth.

The Dodgers are also hanging around the Oswalt talks. They're five games out in fifth place in the NL West and tied with Philadelphia in the wild card race.