Louis Cardinals: The Stephen Piscotty trade goes beyond baseball

Ross Houston
December 14, 2017

Jon Heyman reported late Wednesday the Cardinals have agreed to trade Stephen Piscotty to the Athletics. However, in 2016, he hit.273 and slugged 22 home runs.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida Steve Piscotty is on the verge of a poignant Bay Area homecoming.

Piscotty's time in St. Louis will surely never go unforgotten as he has made a name for himself in baseball, has helped the Cardinals to many victories and touched the hearts of many Cardinals fans.

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

He had a season tested by injuries, and early in the year he learned that his mother had been diagnosed with ALS. Piscotty had to be moved in order to make room for Ozuna. Piscotty would assume one of the starting outfield corner spots; the majority of his major league starts have come in right field, but he appeared at all three spots for the Cardinals and even saw brief time at first base.

Although the trade is not yet official, the Cardinals have reportedly acquired Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins, giving them a very potent bat for their lineup. He'd returned to Pleasanton to be with his family - to "regroup" and "support each other". "So we're going to be behind her".

He fills a need that Oakland's front office considered its most crucial of the winter - a right-handed hitting corner outfielder, which will allow the A's to move their most unsafe hitter, Khris Davis, from left field to designated hitter.

Piscotty, who signed a six-year, $33.5 million extension through 2022 in April, batted just.235/.342/.367 in 107 games last season, a stark contrast to his first 216 major league games the past two seasons where he hit 29 home runs and 124 RBIs.

The 2023 option increases by $500,00 with each All-Star selection.

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