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Monday, January 30, 2012

Roy Oswalt: The Dream That Just Won't Die

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

click to enlarge Oswalt wearing the uniform of his last team, the Phillies. I always thought those two were just a terrible fit for each other.
  • Oswalt wearing the uniform of his last team, the Phillies. I always thought those two were just a terrible fit for each other.
I've been very skeptical of the Cardinals and Roy Oswalt as a match for quite some time now. It's not that I don't think Oswalt would be a really nice add for the Redbirds, or that I doubt the sincerity of his interest in coming here. After all, Oswalt has always spoken well of St. Louis, in much the same way Lance Berkman did during his tenure with the Astros, and we all saw how that worked out. And I would love it just as much as anyone to see that 2004 Astros Greatest Hits compilation finally come out. Berkman and Carlos Beltran are already on board; Roy is really the last piece of the puzzle. 

No, my problem has always been the simple logistics of the deal. The Cards just don't really have room for Oswalt -- or any other starter, for the matter -- with the way their roster is currently put together. Too many pitchers already under contract, and way too many no trade clauses in way too many contracts. (Speaking of, if there's one issue I really do have with John Mozeliak, it's the way he hands out NTCs like they were Fun Size Milky Ways on Halloween.) I've always felt like the Oswalt/Cards flirtation was one doomed to never be consummated, the victim of poor timing and a roster with no real room for the talented veteran. 

Yet here we are, waiting with bated breath for the next tidbit of Roy Oswalt news to be tweeted. Well, maybe yours isn't bated. Mine definitely is, though. 

So here's all the latest on the Roy O. front: 

  • Oswalt is scheduled to meet with the Texas Rangers today. Letting them down easily, I'm sure. Maybe like a nice brunch somewhere with white tablecloths. You know, the kind of place where the Rangers will maybe be a little less likely to make a scene. Unless, of course, he's really thinking about signing with them. Oh my god, you don't think he would really do that, do you? That, that...hussy! 
  • The Cards are trying to get rid of Kyle McClellan. Good for them. They deserve someone better. But for the love of god, now that it's gone so far as to become public knowledge, get the deal done, Mo. You can't have a guy who was openly being shopped coming back in spring training. The trust is just never going to be there again, and we don't need him getting drunk and puking all over the mound some night when the Cards are out trying to win a game down the stretch with one of the other NL Central clubs. 
  • Presumably, once the Cardinals manage to get the last of K-Mac's stuff boxed up they won't feel so weird about having Roy over, and things can proceed apace. After all, there's nothing worse than inking a new deal with a team and then having to use what you just know was the last pitcher's shampoo when you go to take a shower after signing. I mean, sure, there have been other starters with this club, plenty of them, you know that. But it doesn't mean you like to think about it, you know? 
  • Are you enjoying the extended dating/free agent signing metaphor? I'm really milking this one for all it's worth. 
  • It looks like the Red Sox may not be a great fit for Roy. Well, yeah, Boston; what was your first clue? Oswalt keeps talking about how he's got a lot of stuff going on near home, and he just can't see himself signing so far away, and he would really rather go with one of these other teams, but it's totally nothing against the Red Sox...look, Boston, he's just not that into you, okay? No big deal. It happens. I hear the Sawx are kicking the tires on Edwin Jackson, so maybe they've finally gotten the message. I could make a joke about Boston signing a black guy on the rebound, but you know what? I'm just too classy for that. 
  • I also keep hearing Houston is interested in bringing Oswalt back. I just don't see it, though. Going back to an ex like that is just a bad idea most of the time, and it would be here I think. Especially for Roy. I mean, sure, there's still some feeling there I would imagine, but this isn't even the same Astros team he left. Houston has really let itself go. They did get Jeff Luhnow, and I think the 'Stros might be back on track down the road, but Roy doesn't need some project at this stage of his life. He just needs to be happy and competitive now. 
So that's the roundup of where things stand this morning. Rangers meeting, one of the favorites. Cardinals shopping for trades, are the other favorites. Boston just not what Roy needs right now; neither is Houston. Metaphor stretched dangerously thin. Breath still bated. 

I'm still holding out hope Mozeliak can pull this thing off, and move a pitcher to make room for Oswalt. Maybe it's just my sentimental side, as it's far from a sure thing Roy O. would actually be worth all this trouble, but I've wanted to see that guy in a Cardinal uniform for over a decade now, and he's still a high-quality arm when he's healthy. And let's face it; he's really only been with two teams, so it isn't like he's just hopping into a contract with any club who makes him an offer. You gotta respect a player who's a little choosy about who he pitches for. 

Let's all just hope now Oswalt will give St. Louis a chance. After all, they say love found late in life is often the most rewarding, and we have so much to offer Roy. This metaphor, on the other hand, is pretty much done for I'm afraid. 

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