Cardinals trade budding outfielder to be closer to sick mom

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The Cardinals continued their busy week Thursday in trading outfielder Stephen Piscotty to Oakland for infield prospects Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock.

Piscotty will help the A's get better both offensively and defensively, as well as help develop a team around him, but this trade goes beyond baseball.

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

Members of the Cardinals front office have remained at the winter meetings with a few pending deals to complete.

According to FanRag Sports, the A's sending two minors leaguers to St. Louis for the expendable Piscotty.

Piscotty, who is from Pleasanton and attended Stanford, is not a household name.

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Schrock, 23, was originally a 13th round draft pick by the Washington Nationals in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of SC.

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 risky hitter, Khris Davis, from left field to designated hitter.

He had a season tested by injuries, and early in the year he learned that his mother had been diagnosed with ALS. The club option for 2023 is for $15 million, with a $1 million buyout.

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 had a surplus in the outfield after Craig Mish of SiriusXM first reported they acquired two-time All-Star Marcell Ozuna from the Miami Marlins.

Oakland remains on the lookout for a left-handed reliever, likely to be found via free agency.

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