As the trade rumors have flown fast and furious on Friday, it appears that the Minnesota Twins have dropped out of the pursuit of Roy Oswalt. It was reported Friday morning that they had interest, but Ken Rosenthal tweeted later in the afternoon that a source told him the Twins haven't even called the Astros about Oswalt.
On the other hand, ESPN's Jayson Stark is reporting that both the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers have joined the Oswalt talks. Stark says that the Dodgers and Astros have exchanged names, but Houston would have to pick up all 7 million left on his 2010 salary for a deal to work.
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Phillies seem to have no forward movement on their talks. Instead, the St. Louis Cardinals appear to have jumped to the front of the line, offering outfielder John Jay and shortstop Brendan Ryan. Oswalt apparently has set his mind on going to St. Louis and is trying to force the Astros' hand.
A report found by Astros County, though, says the offer from the RedBirds will have to be mind-blowing for owner Drayton McLane to sign off on it. McLane would have to also accept his team couldn't win for two years or so before he makes that deal.