The St. Louis Cardinals have announced that they agreed to a deal with the San Diego Padres that would send second baseman Jedd Gyorko to the Cardinals in exchange for outfielder Jon Jay. The Padres are also sending cash to the Cardinals. Jon Morosi of Fox Sports was the first to report the deal.
Gyorko, 27, has been with the Padres for all of his three seasons in the league. His best year with the Padres was back in 2013 when he hit 23 home runs and drove in 63 runs in 125 games. However, Gyorko has not been the same player he was back in 2013. The Padres have Cory Spangenberg, who has been cutting into Gyorko’s playing time during 2015. They also have Yangervis Solarte who started 14 games at second for the team. On June 10, the Padres demoted Gyorko due to his struggles at the plate. He was recalled on June 30, but only to be the team’s shortstop. Gyorko still has $33 million remaining on his deal over the next four years.
Jay, 30, has also only played for one team in his career. He has been with the Cardinals in all six seasons and was a part of the 2011 World Series Championship team. Jay is known for being an above-average defender and will be a key addition to a Padres team that is expected to lose Justin Upton via free agency. He battled injuries throughout the entire 2015 season which limited him to playing only 79 games.
Jay, who used to be the starting center fielder, was going to be a fourth outfielder on the roster. The Cardinals have Matt Holliday, Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty who will most likely be the starters come Opening Day. Gyorko is expected to share playing time with Kolten Wong although the Cardinals can now listen on Wong for a starting pitcher, as Joel Sherman speculated. This is a trade that is beneficial to both Jay and Gyorko hoping that a change of scenery will be able to rejuvenate their careers.