Thank you to the St Louis Cardinals and the Oakland A’s for having compassion and being able to think beyond the baseball diamond. The two teams completed a trade for Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty, a 26-year-old outfielder who hails from the Bay Area and attended Stanford.
Piscotty was drafted by the Cardinals in June of 2012 and was a promising young outfielder in their organization making his major league debut with them in 2015. The Cardinals just acquired outfielder Marcell Ozuna from the Miami Marlins and that changed the future of Piscotty. The Cardinals became a team with too many outfielders. His mother Gretchen had been diagnosed with ALS and was on the forefront of both clubs minds.
The Cardinals had several trade options on the table but knew closer to home was the best option for Piscotty and his family. They sent Stephen Piscotty to the A’s in return for infield prospects Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock. Such a heart warming story this time of year especially for the Piscotty family. They can now drive to see their son play instead of fly to St Louis. He can enjoy time with his mother during the off-season and during the season.
After the block buster trades of Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton this trade flies under the radar but it really should be at the fore front of all baseball headlines. Both clubs knew what needed to happen and came to terms with one another. They just made it happen. Thank you St Louis and Oakland for knowing the true meaning of winning. Merry Christmas to the Piscotty family.