Cardinals Trying To Clear Space For Roy Oswalt

So that report that emerged Friday night about Roy Oswalt going to the Cardinals was untrue. Roy Oswalt has not gone to the Cardinals, yet. But according to reports, the Cardinals are most certainly trying to make it happen.

Given that the Cardinals have a full starting rotation, the assumed stumbling block has been that they'd need to move Kyle Lohse or Jake Westbrook. However, Jon Morosi says they're looking to move someone else instead:

That is why the Cardinals are attempting to move relief pitcher Kyle McClellan and his $2.5 million salary.

St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak is said to be concerned with alleviating McClellan's payroll obligation, rather than obtaining top-end talent in return.

If the Cardinals can deal McClellan, they can improve their current offer to Oswalt. They'd then move Lohse - or, more likely, Westbrook - into the bullpen. This sounds like the most probable course of action.

The Rangers aren't completely out on Oswalt. Other teams are probably still somewhere on the fringes. The Cardinals are out in front. It shouldn't be long before Oswalt makes his final decision.

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