Houston Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt throws in the first inning during a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh on Sunday, July 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) By Gene J. Puskar
(BaseballStL) -- Roy Oswalt isn't in the Cards.
Despite rumors early today that Oswalt may be on the verge of signing with the Cardinals, it's clear now that won't happen. General Manager John Mozeliak told me today that the Cardinals have not been in talks with Oswalt, they've never offered him a contract, and won't be offering him a deal to join the Redbirds.
Oswalt has been among the best pitchers in the National League for the past decade, but he's been hampered with a back injury in recent years and represents a major risk to any team that does sign him.
Mozeliak says he feels very good about the starters the Cardinals currently have in their rotation, and feels that each of those five (Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright, Jaime Garcia, Kyle Lohse, Jake Westbrook) has been a valuable contributing member of the organization and deserves the respect of knowing their spot in the rotation is secure.