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Rumor Mill: Roy Oswalt

The latest reports leave former Astros ace Roy Oswalt at square one as he searches for a team for the 2012 season.

Reports out of St. Louis and Boston indicate that there is nothing shaking between the hurler and the Cardinals or Red Sox. Meanwhile, Yahoo sports reports that the Reds remain interested in adding him to their rotation. But Oswalt really only wants to pitch for the Cardinals or Rangers.

The Birds were dealt a blow yesterday to their hopes of landing Oswalt when the Orioles made a swap to land pitching help. In a two for one deal they traded Jeremy Guthrie to Colorado for Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom. That could likely put an official end to talks with the Redbirds for the services of Kyle McClellan. And St. Louis needed to get rid of McClellan's $2.5-million salary to make room for Oswalt.

While I think Oswalt would be a significant improvement over Jake Westbrook in the Cardinals rotation, he could be trouble for the Reds. If he sticks to his guns and demands $8-$10 million to play in Cincinnati, Walt Jocketty's club would likely have to deal younger starter Homer Bailey to fit Oswalt into a tighter budget. Not only would that move likely prevent Jocketty from making other moves in 2012 to improve his team, it would damage it's future to deal off a young player to make room for a one-year rental.

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