Roy Oswalt to play for St. Louis Cardinals ... or some other team
Roy Oswalt likely is heading to the St. Louis Cardinals -- that's if you believe an unnamed source on ESPNBoston.com rather than the Cardinals' general manager.
The source said late Friday night that the free-agent pitcher likely will sign with the defending World Series champions "soon." But with Oswalt's history of back problems, the source added that the deal is "not yet 100 percent."
St. Louis General Manager John Mozeliak responded Saturday morning in an email to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick. "These are just rumors, and nothing more," he wrote about the Oswalt reports.
Other teams hoping to remain in the hunt for Oswalt are said to include the Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals and Texas Rangers.
CBS.com reported Friday night that Oswalt had turned down a one-year offer for around $10 million from the Detroit Tigers, who landed another big-name free agent in first baseman Prince Fielder earlier in the week.
Oswalt, an 11-year veteran, made 23 starts for the Philadelphia Phillies last season, posting a 9-10 record and 3.69 earned-run average.
-- Chuck Schilken
Photo: Roy Oswalt. Credit: Matt Slocum / Associated Press