Late last Wednesday night the Cardinals became the "Front Runners" for Roy Oswalt. According to Craig Calcaterra the Cardinals and Roy Oswalt would like to join forces, but there are obstacles.
-If the Cardinals trade for Oswalt they would likely give up Shelby Miller, Lance Lynn, and Allen Craig.
-If the Cardinals did the trade they would undoubtedly have the worst farm system in MLB.
-If the Cardinals acquire Oswalt they would have to pickup his $16 Million Dollar Option for 2012, but that would be reworked according to Oswalt's agent.
-The Astros surely wouldn't trade in division to a rival would they?
-The Cardinals would have over half their payroll committed to 4 pitchers on their staff.
-The Astros may get cold feet and decide against trading Oswalt for pure prospects.
The benefits in this deal does outweigh the obstacles that are seen.
-The Cardinals and Roy Oswalt have expressed great interest to join forces.
-The Astros would finally start their rebuilding project with Berkman coming off the books after this season.
-The Astros would get great prospects in return for Oswalt and salary relief.
-Trading for Oswalt would all, but confirm that Albert would be a Cardinal for life. (He would be more enticed to stay there based on the talent of the team)
-The Cardinals would easily have the best rotation in baseball.
-Dave Duncan could work his magic on a non-broken down pitcher for the first time. (Mark Mulder was damaged goods)
While there are great obstacles and great benefits of this deal does that mean it will get done? Possibly, but what about last year's Halladay to Philly rumors? That didn't work out so well, but this rumor seems to have legs that the Halladay one didn't. With this trade the Cardinals would have the best rotation, and with Ludwick coming back from the DL have one of the best lineups. This would open up old school talks of Yankees vs. Cardinals World Series, and would potentially give the Yankees a chance to tie the score. (The Cardinals lead the series 3-2 in World Series, they won in 1926, 42, and 64.)
Stay tuned folks these talks are moving along.