From a baseball perspective, the names heading to the Cardinals in the deal have not yet been reported, but the return should add to their stockpile of prospects.
Oakland was also a natural target, considering Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported the Athletics were "looking for a young right-handed outfielder under long-term control". Piscotty is a Bay Area native, so hopefully getting closer to home will help him in general.
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Momentum for a Piscotty deal built throughout the week, then picked up steam early Wednesday when the Cardinals pulled off an apparent blockbuster. Then in 2012, the Cardinals drafted him as their 36th pick out of Stanford University. He demonstrated his power the following year with 22 long balls to go with a.273/.343/.457 slash line, but he struggled in 2017, as his numbers dipped to.235/.342/.367 with just nine home runs.
The Cardinals wasted little time making room for All-Star slugger Marcell Ozuna Wednesday by trading Stephen Piscotty to clear up space in their outfield. Piscotty had to be moved in order to make room for Ozuna. Piscotty has 260 career games in right field, 55 in left, 11 in center and 12 at first base.
Piscotty impressed out of the gates and slashed.305/.359/.494 with seven home runs in 63 games in 2015, his first major league action.
In April, he signed a six-year, $33.75 million extension with an additional option for 2023.