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Rumor Mill: Friday update

The Cardinals, according to various reports, continue to push for a top flight pitcher.

They're in communication as of Friday morning with the Astros about Roy Oswalt and the Diamondbacks about former St. Louis pitcher Danny Haren.

The Astros are asking for up to four top prospects for Oswalt. But the Cardinals have supposedly only offered up a pair of young players currently on the team's major league roster. No names have been specifically mentioned. But top position player prospects Allen Craig and Jon Jay fit that description as do pitchers Fernando Salas and (hopefully not) Jaime Garcia.

Houston is believed to be greatly interested in Shelby Miller, the Redbirds' top pitching prospect. Miller, a fireballing high schooler when the Cardinals drafted him in 2009, is a native Texan who would be a very marketable player for the Astros in the future.

I haven't heard anything specific about players being discussed for Dan Haren. But reports about what the Diamondbacks have been asking from other teams suggest they want major league ready young pitching in return. That sounds like Garcia, once again.

Haren is 29 compared to Oswalt turning 33 next month. Haren makes $12.75 million a year compared to Oswalt's $16 million per season paycheck.