St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak says that free-agent starting pitcher Roy Oswalt will not be joining the club, according to NBC.
“Roy Oswalt is not going to be a Cardinal,” Mozeliak told AM 590 in St. Louis this morning.
It was reported earlier today by Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Oswalt was leaning toward joining the Cardinals. It was also reported by CBS Sports that the All-Star hurler would not be joining the Texas Rangers or the Boston Red Sox, two other teams that were considered prime contenders for Oswalt.
Other teams who have expressed interest are the Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals, and the Pittsburgh Pirates, however it is believed that Washington and Pittsburgh are no longer realistic options. In 23 games started for Philadelphia last season, he posted a 9-10 record with a 3.69 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 139 innings pitched. For his career, Oswalt has posted a 159-93 record with a stellar 3.21 ERA in 11 seasons with the Houston Astros and the Phillies.