The Cardinals have been quite the busy team on this typical Wednesday in mid-December. Not even an hour following the acquisition of slugger Marcell Ozuna from the Miami Marlins, there is reported clarity surrounding the outfield logjam in St. Louis.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports is reporting that the Oakland Athletics have struck a deal for St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty to return home to the Bay Area. In exchange, the Cards will receive a pair of minor-leaguers.
Piscotty, 26, attended college at Stanford University, which is only about a 45 minute drive up I-280 from the Oakland Coliseum — home of the A’s. The right-handed hitter was also born about half an hour away from the Oakland Coliseum in Pleasanton, California.
Piscotty has seemingly fallen out of favor with the Cardinals, following his hot start in 2o16. His 2016 campaign saw a .273/.343/.457 batting line with 22 home runs, 85 RBIs, and seven stolen bases. Last season though, it’s like the light bulb went dark, as Piscotty’s batting line dropped nearly 40 points to an underwhelming .235/.342/.367, as he cranked an anemic nine homers, and drove home a disappointing 39 runs. Piscotty also missed some time with injuries, and family issues in 2017, both of which contributed to his ineffectiveness.
The A’s nearly had Piscotty on the West Coast this past summer as part of a Sonny Gray deal, but it never materialized, which ultimately led to Gray’s arrival in the Bronx as a New York Yankee. Their hope is that a fresh start will do wonders for Piscotty, allowing him to return to form in 2018, giving them a productive mainstay in their lineup, next to the power-crazed Davis.