Could the Cardinals engineer a mega deal with a division rival to address both their offense and their rotation all at once?
On it's face, it's hard to believe. But the Astros want to save some cash by jettisoning some of their high dollar players. Ace Roy Oswalt is said to be on the block, and slugging shortstop Miguel Tejada's name has surfaced, too.
Oswalt would battle Chris Carpenter for the top spot in the Cardinals rotation... Unless Carp goes down to injury again... And then Oswalt would be capable of filling the massive hole in the front of the starting five.
Tejada is hitting .353 and leads Houston with a .908 on base plus slugging percentage. He might make a pretty nice second place hitter -- or ever a sixth or seventh hitter -- in the Birds lineup.
Tejada makes $13 million this season but is a free agent at the end of the year... Oswalt makes $14 million this year, $15 million next and $16 million in 2011.
The question is less one of if the Astros would be willing to help the Cardinals than it is do the Cardinals want to help restock Houston with young players?
The Astros aren't going to pry away Colby Rasmus. But they might get Chris Perez, Mitchell Boggs and a young outfielder like John Jay.