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Roy Oswalt is biggest name on trading block

With the trade deadline looming on Saturday, Houston Astros right-hander Roy Oswalt is the biggest name being bandied about.

Oswalt reportedly wants to be traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that an Astros-Cardinals deal for Oswalt is unlikely, for a number of reasons:

On Saturday Oswalt reiterated his wish to be dealt to St. Louis to at least one Cardinals player. However, Oswalt's willingness to restructure a $16 million option for 2012 may not overcome the Astros' steep asking price in personnel. One club official senses squeamishness by Astros management to deal Oswalt within the division.

The Cardinals' stipulation that the Astros assume at least a portion of the $32 million due Oswalt the next two seasons offers a further complication.

Oswalt, who has a full no-trade clause, has won 143 career games for the Astros, one short of Joe Niekro's franchise record. His next start is Friday, and the Houston Chronicle is reporting that Oswalt won't veto a trade between now and then so he can break the record.

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that one baseball executive thinks Oswalt likely will still be wearing an Astros uniform next week. Stark says the only teams to seriously pursue Oswalt have been the Cardinals, Dodgers and Phillies.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  July 26, 2010; 12:11 PM ET
Categories:  Astros , Cardinals  
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