Report: Oswalt set to sign with Cardinals
Roy Oswalt is on the cusp of signing with the St. Louis Cardinals, according to a report.
Oswalt will sign "soon" with the defending World Series champions, a source told ESPN.com.
Like most deals, it will be pending a physical. But that caveat could carry more weight in this case as Oswalt has battled some back issues.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak dismissed the report as "just rumors, and nothing more," in an email to ESPN.com.
The Philadelphia Phillies let Oswalt walk after he battled back problems last year, going 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA in 23 starts.
The Red Sox had shown interest in Oswalt, 34, because he was willing to settle for a one-year deal, according to ESPN.com. But after spending 11 seasons in the National League, Oswalt apparently was leaning toward remaining there.
Report: Boston targeting Gavin Floyd
With their pursuit of Roy Oswalt set to be in vain, the Boston Red Sox were setting their sights on Chicago White Sox righty Gavin Floyd, according to a report.
Oswalt was set to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals, according to ESPN.com, which also reported the Red Sox had shown great interest in the pitcher when he let teams know he would accept a one-year deal.
But with Oswalt seemingly ready to head to the Cardinals, the Red Sox have tried to re-start trade talks with the White Sox for Floyd, according to the website.
Floyd went 12-13 with a 4.37 ERA last season and could help secure a Boston rotation that currently includes Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz.
Relievers Daniel Bard and Alfredo Aceves will also be invited to camp with a shot at starting, according to the report.
The White Sox have not yet bit on Boston's proposed trades, though, the website reported.
Boston also has three pitchers on minor-league deals who could contend for a rotation spot -- Aaron Cook, Carlos Silva and Vicente Padilla.
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