The Cardinals and Yankees are said to have interest in former Phillies and Astros hurler Roy Oswalt, according to a story on si.com.
Oswalt, who was traded to the Phillies in 2010 when Houston was either unwilling or unable to accomodate his request to be sent to St. Louis, has a lot of miles on his arm. And he spent time last season on the disabled list with serious lower back problems. But when he was healthy he was pretty effective with a 3.69 ERA in a 9-10 season with the Phillies. But Oswalt managed only 139 innings pitched.
If the Cardinals plan to make a bid on the veteran righty, they must know something the rest of us don't because the team appears to have plenty of starting pitchers on the roster already. Kyle Loshe and Jake Westbrook have been rumored to be on the trade block. But Lohse has said that he would reject any deal. So have the Birds found a deal to trade Westbrook and install Oswalt as the fifth starter?
At the begining of the off-season, after Oswalt had his 2012 option declined by the Phillies, he was said to be seeking a three-year contract. But he has reportedly lowered his demands significantly since then. Now Oswalt says he would take a one-year contract.
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In addition to his previous interest in the Cardinals, Oswalt might be motivated to play in St. Louis because his former Astros teammates Lance Berkman and Carlos Beltran currently call the Mound City home.