The Oakland Athletics have completed a trade to obtain outfielder Stephen Piscotty from the St. Louis Cardinals, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Oakland will give up two minor leaguers to bolster its outfield. Oakland’s interest in Piscotty had been reported throughout December and at the winter meetings by the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser. There are no reports yet of which A’s minor leaguers are headed to St. Louis.
Piscotty, turning 27 in January, owns a career .268/.346/.438 slash line with 38 home runs in three seasons.
Piscotty returns to the Bay Area, having played at Amador Valley High School and Stanford University. His mother, Gretchen, was diagnosed with ALS this year—it seems the Cardinals were happy to help him be nearer to her, as St. Louis manager Mike Matheny seemed to indicate to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Piscotty has about $31 million remaining on a contract that bought …