While it’s been floated as a possibility for the last few days, late Friday night word got out that Roy Oswaltmay truly be nearing a deal to join the St. Louis Cardinals. It appears now that the deal is a go, and the former Houston Astros ace will become a member of his former toughest rival’s ball club in 2012. Oswalt, who rejected a rumored $10 million deal to join the Detroit Tigers earlier this week, was also been in discussion with the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers. The terms on the deal with the Cardinals are not officially known yet, but an incentive-laden pact with a base around $5 to $7 million has been the general idea of the club’s offer.
His desire to stay close to the south, and his Mississippi home, has had a strong steering effect on just which teams he will consider. After a season as a member of the much hyped Philadelphia Phillies “Four Headed Monster” pitching rotation, the limelight has shown as brightly on Oswalt in this season’s free agent market. Due to back troubles that limited him to 139 innings last season, his lowest amount since 2003, combined with his strict preference on where he would like to live, the market around him as been slow to develop.
However, St. Louis offers a competitive club for a player that has never won a World Series….
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