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Astros flip part of Oswalt bounty for Brett Wallace

Just when it seemed that the Cardinals wouldn't be involved in the Roy Oswalt trade they suddenly are.

Unfortunately, it's in a six degrees of Kevin Bacon sort of way.

Former St. Louis farmhand Brett Wallace has been shipped to the Astros in an aftershock trade to the Oswalt deal. Houston flipped minor league outfielder Anthony Gose to Toronto for former Cardinals prospect Brett Wallace.

I guess we can all officially stop wringing our hands over dealing Wallace to Oakland as part of the Matt Holliday acquisition a year ago. Not only did the Cardinals sign Holliday to a long-term deal to maximize the value of the swap... But Wallace has been traded away twice since the Cardinals sent him packing. I really have to believe if teams think he's the next Babe Ruth that they might be interested on holding onto him a little bit tighter.

Wallace was hitting .301 for Las Vegas in the Blue Jays farm system with 18 homers and 61 runs batted in.

It makes one wonder if the Birds could have landed Oswalt if they had included Allen Craig in the offer for the former Houston ace. Craig is similar to Wallace in many ways -- with a .311 batting average 11 homers and 69 RBIs. But Craig seems to be a little bit better defender and to be in somewhat better shape.