The Cardinals have agreed to trade Stephen Piscotty to the Athletics in exchange for two minor leaguers.
The Cardinals confirmed Thursday that they acquired minor league shortstop Yairo Munoz and second baseman Max Schrock.
Munoz, 22, slashed .300/.330/.464 between AA and AAA in 2017. His 13 home runs and 22 steals in 27 attempts suggest the potential for a solid multi-faceted game offensively. He was added to the Cardinals 40-man roster.
Schrock, 23, was a 13th round pick of the Washington Nationals in 2015. He has batted .324 over his career with 18 homeruns.
Piscotty’s career got off to a promising start in St. Louis, earning him a $33.75 million extension before his production dropped significantly during a trying 2017 campaign. Managing injuries and his mother’s diagnosis with ALS, Piscotty struggled to a .235/.342/.367 batting line, and was at one point demoted to Class-AAA Memphis.
For the Cardinals, trading away Piscotty for a return that doesn't include premium prospects is a move that extends beyond baseball: the trade to Oakland allows Piscotty to be near his mother, Gretchen, who lives a short driving distance from Oakland in Pleasanton, California. Additionally, St. Louis’ trade for Marcell Ozuna earlier Wednesday left Piscotty without a spot in the Cardinals starting outfield.
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.