Cardinals trade Stephen Piscotty to Athletics

Isaac Cain
December 15, 2017

Schrock was traded to the Athletics in 2016 in exchange for former Cardinals pitcher Marc Rzepczynski. He batted.300 with 13 home runs, 68 RBI and stole 22 bases in 112 games and is now playing in the Dominican Winter League for the Toros del Este. He's considered one of the top-10 prospects in the minors at second base. Piscotty was born in Pleasanton, Ca., a suburb of the Bay Area near where the A's call home.

Momentum for a Piscotty deal built throughout the week, then picked up steam early Wednesday when the Cardinals pulled off an apparent blockbuster.

Jon Heyman, of the MLB Network, is reporting that the St. Louis Cardinals have sent outfielder Stephen Piscotty to the Oakland A's for two minor leaguers. The deal comes after St. Louis dealt for Miami Marlins All-Star outfielder Marcell Ozuna, creating a log jam in the outfield and allowing the team to move Piscotty.

With no clear role on the team, it made sense for the Cardinals to consider moving Piscotty-that they made sure to move him to one of the few places he could see his ailing mother daily should be applauded on a human level. It appears the Birds came to the Winter Meetings to deal. He is signed to a six-year contract through the 2022 season.

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The Cardinals discussed Piscotty with the A's at the trade deadline, and they re-engaged this offseason looking for an opportunity to give the Stanford grad a chance to get closer to home.

Throughout the season, Piscotty was struggling at the plate only batting.235, hitting nine home runs and having thirty-nine runs batted in while having 341 at-bats.

The Cardinals declined comment when asked about whether they approached Piscotty with the idea of getting him where he could play closer to his mother.

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