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Trade Deadline Drama

by LS Murphy

As Major League Baseball’s trade deadline approaches, the rumor mill heats up. Teams are linked to players they can only dream of just by making a single inquiry. It’s one of the great things about the trade deadline. And it’s a lot of fun speculating who, what, where, when, and how.

Just around this time last year, the Cardinals were linked to Matt Holliday and Roy Halladay. The speculation, heated discussions, and passionate pleas to get one or the other flooded the web. Holliday was a clear fan fave. The Cards pulled off the deal for Holliday, trading high-end prospect Brett Wallace. We haven’t looked back.

Now, the rumors are circulating at tornado speeds. Roy Oswalt or Dan Haren?

Dan Haren qualifies as “the one that got away”. Back in 2004, when he was still known as Danny, the Cards shipped him off to Oakland with a few other guys for Mark Mulder. Initially, Mulder made the deal worth it by winning starting off the 2005 by going 5-1. Then the injuries came and Mulder would never be the same. Haren, however, blossomed into three time All-Star.

Could Haren return? My Magic 8 Ball says highly unlikely. The Arizona Diamondbacks want too much for him. The Cards are willing to make trades but not willing to completely sell the future.

Roy Oswalt would be a nice fit in the rotation. Every Cards fan knows what he can do. He’s 32. He’s been with the Houston Astros his entire Major League career, once seeing World Series action after earning the NLCS MVP in 2005. Oswalt’s one of those pitchers that deserves a World Series ring. He’s still got the pitches to qualify a trade. He’s won-loss record this year doesn’t show how well he’s pitching.

But Oswalt’s got chronic back problems. And getting him in a Redbird uniform will likely cost Shelby Miller and either Allen Craig, Joe Mather, or Jon Jay. Is he worth that much of the future? Or would he just be a rental for the remainder of 2010 and all of 2011? And, most importantly, how would his salary affect resigning Albert Pujols?

Realistically, there is a better chance of trading for Oswalt. Especially since the rumor mill has him interested in a spot in the Cardinals rotation.

The great unknown is one of the best things about the trade deadline. If the Cards trade Shelby Miller, he could become another Dan Haren. If they don’t, we may miss seeing Roy Oswalt getting another shot at that World Series ring.

Only time will tell. One thing is for certain, John Mozeliak will make this interesting.

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