Roy Oswalt Not Yet Cardinals Property

Late Friday evening - early Saturday morning, for some of you - a report emerged saying that free agent starter Roy Oswalt was going to the Cardinals. Implied was that the Cardinals would make room, either by dumping Kyle Lohse or Jake Westbrook, or by moving one of them to the bullpen.

Well, not so fast. Here's Ken Rosenthal:

Oswalt prefers to play for the Cardinals or Texas Rangers, but was not close to a deal with the Cardinals late Friday night, major-league sources said.

And Gordon Edes, who passed along that first report:

Free-agent pitcher Roy Oswalt has elected to remain in the National League and is likely to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals "soon," a major league source said late Friday night.

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"It's not yet 100 percent," the source said.

Roy Oswalt has not reached an agreement with the Cardinals. Roy Oswalt might be very close to reaching an agreement with the Cardinals, but nothing's done yet, meaning other teams remain in the mix to some degree. There exists some possibility that Oswalt ends up signing with somebody else.

It's probably going to be the Cardinals. It's probably going to be the Cardinals, soon. Let's all just be patient now.

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