Roy Oswalt wants a three-year contract

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Bill Ladson of MLB.com hears that Roy Oswalt is looking for a three-year contract. And after Bruce Chen, Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang have all received two-year deals this offseason, some team might be willing to go there.

Of course, the major concern with Oswalt is his degenerative back condition. While the 34-year-old right-hander had a respectable 3.69 ERA and 93/33 K/BB ratio over 139 innings this season, was he limited to just 23 starts and the velocity on his fastball (91.4 mph) was a career low.

Oswalt is a major risk on a multi-year contract, but teams like the Nationals, Red Sox or Yankees might be willing to take the gamble. The market has been pretty slow on him until this point, but things should clear up once C.J. Wilson and Mark Buehrle are off the board.

The Cards dealt Stephen Piscotty to the A’s, in part, so he could be near his ailing mother

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Last night we wrote about the rumored deal between the Cardinals and the Athletics for Stephen Piscotty. The deal is now official, with Piscotty going to Oakland for minor leaguers Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock.

Something else emerged about the deal today: a big reason why St. Louis traded Piscotty to Oakland as opposed to another team was so that he could be near his mother, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease last May. Piscotty and his family are from Pleasanton, California, about 35 miles from Oakland.

Here’s Cardinals GM John Mozeliak:

This was certainly a baseball trade — Piscotty became expendable for the Cardinals after they acquired Marcell Ozuna yesterday — but it was one which could’ve been made with any team with a couple of red or white chip prospects. That Mozeliak considered Piscotty’s personal situation in making the deal with the A’s is a credit to him and his staff.

The 26-year-old Piscotty hit .235 with nine homers and 39 RBIs in 107 games last season. He has hit .268 with 38 homers and 163 RBIs in 2+ major league seasons. He agreed to a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension last spring.

As for the prospects in return: Munoz, 22, hit .300 with 13 homers and 68 RBIs this year for Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville. Schrock, 23, batted .321 with seven homers and 46 RBIs for Midland, and was a Texas League All-Star.