Roy Oswalt A Cardinal?

There was a lot of Roy-Oswalt-to-sign-with-the-Cardinals talk late Friday night, with this being cited as the source for the news.

(The editor in me cringes at the typo in that tweet, even though I know how easy it is to do.)

Gordon Edes also wrote an article — minus typos — for ESPN Boston that says Oswalt will sign “soon.”

The latest in the Post-Dispatch from Joe Strauss from early this morning says that the Cardinals are in the running for Roy.

Oswalt, 34, is believed close to a decision. The Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox and Astros are also reported to be pursuing the three-time All-Star, who carries a career 153-93 record and 3.21 ERA. Oswalt has been plagued by back problems that have limited him to 43 starts the past two seasons but remained effective enough to provide the Philadelphia Phillies with 16 wins and a 2.96 ERA in 221 2/3 innings covering 35 starts since being traded in July 2010.

Strauss also addresses what signing Oswalt would mean, since the Cardinals already have five starting pitchers including Kyle Lohse and Jake Westbrook:

Mozeliak has suggested the club is now more inclined to add a veteran presence to its bullpen, something Oswalt’s addition could bring.

Lohse and Westbrook are entering the final installment of multi-year deals that include full no-trade protection. Signing Oswalt could lead to a competition among three starters for two starting berths during spring training or possibly entice one of the club’s incumbent starters to waive his no-trade protection.

If Oswalt does indeed become a Cardinal, I hope one of his new teammates leaves a nice welcome gift in his locker — like a stuffed Rally Squirrel.

Thoughts on the Oswalt-a-Cardinal possibility?

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