Cardinals seeking trade partner for Kyle McClellan

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From Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes word that the Cardinals are “actively shopping” right-hander Kyle McClellan in an effort to free up payroll for a run at a free agent starter.

Like, well, Roy Oswalt.

McClellan, a 27-year-old native of the north St. Louis suburbs, registered a 4.19 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 76/43 K/BB ratio across 141 2/3 innings last season for the Cardinals, operating as both a starter and reliever. He’s owed a $2.5 million salary this season as a second-year¬†arbitration-eligible player.

Strauss is hearing from sources that the Orioles have emerged as “one of the most promising trade partners.”