Cardinals deal Stephen Piscotty to Athletics so he can be near sick mother
Yesterday morning news broke that the St. Louis Cardinals had traded 26-year-old outfielder Stephen Piscotty to the Oakland Athletics for two minor league prospects. The deal is now official, with Piscotty going to Oakland and Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock going to St. Louis.
Something else emerged about the deal: a big reason why St. Louis traded Piscotty to Oakland as opposed to another team was so that he could be near his mother, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease last May. Piscotty and his family are from Pleasanton, California, about 35 miles from Oakland.
Here’s Cardinals GM John Mozeliak:
#STLCards John Mozeliak, on trading Stephen Piscotty to the Bay Area, where he’ll be closer to his mother (who is fighting ALS): “There were certainly some opportunities to move him elsewhere, and when you’re looking at how to break a tie, clearly that did play into it.”
— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) December 14, 2017
This was certainly a baseball trade — Piscotty became expendable for the Cardinals after they acquired Marcell Ozuna yesterday — but it was one which could’ve been made with any team with a couple of red or white chip prospects. That Mozeliak considered Piscotty’s personal situation in making the deal with the A’s is a credit to him and his staff.
The 26-year-old Piscotty hit .235 with nine homers and 39 RBIs in 107 games last season. He has hit .268 with 38 homers and 163 RBIs in 2+ major league seasons. He agreed to a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension last spring.