As we near the trade deadline -- which comes on Saturday -- the reports are contradictory about where the Cardinals stand in the Roy Oswalt derby.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post says that the Cardinals are still talking to the Astros about Oswalt. While the club is encouraged about Kyle Lohse's rehab, it has pretty much written off Brad Penny who continues to complain of shoulder pain even though MRIs show no damage.
Meanwhile, Fox Sports scribe Ken Rosenthal said Wednesday that the Cardinals are out of the Oswalt mix for the Astros ace and local Houston TV outlets concur. Rosenthal said the Dodgers and Phillies, he said, are having a rough go of negotiations.
Oswalt, meanwhile, told mlb.com that he wants any trade proposals put in front of him well before the deadline so he and his family have time to discuss their options.
ESPN reports that Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said the Birds remain in the mix for a starting pitcher and that they are looking for a starting position player to add to their offense. Judging from their current lineup, it's most likely the team is eyeing a second baseman or shortstop.
The Cardinals were reported Tuesday to be one of several teams interested in Arizona second sacker Kelly Johnson. They also may be interested in Johnson's double play partner, Stephen Drew.