The St. Louis Cardinals confirmed Thursday that they have agreed to terms on a trade that will send outfielder Stephen Piscotty to the Oakland Athletics for minor-league shortstop Yairo Munoz and middle infielder Max Schrock.
It was the second major trade of the day for the Cardinals, who earlier Wednesday completed a deal with the Marlins to bring outfielder Marcell Ozuna to St. Louis.
With Ozuna in left field, Tommy Pham likely to move to center and Dexter Fowler in right, both Piscotty and Randal Grichuk have been forced out of their 2017 Opening Day positions.
Piscotty, a supplemental first-round pick by the Cardinals in 2012, signed a $33.5-million extension prior to the 2017 season. But he struggled last season, batting .235 with nine homers. Both numbers were significantly down from 2016, when he hit .273 with 22 home runs and 35 doubles.
The trade offers a homecoming for Piscotty, who hails from the Bay area and received an engineering degree form Stanford University. It also puts him closer to his mother, Gretchen Piscotty, who last year was diagnosed with ALS.
Munoz, 22, split time between Double-A and Triple-A last season and hit .300 with 13 home runs and 26 doubles in 112 games. Signed as a free agent out of the Dominican Republic, he’s played shortstop, third base and outfield.
In 504 minor-league games, Munoz batted .265 with 41 home runs, 237 RBIs and stole 63 bases in 87 attempts.
Schrock, 23, was a 13th-round pick of the Washington Nationals in 2013 and arrived in Oakland via a trade for former Cardinals relief pitcher Marc Rzepczynski. He batted .321 with seven home runs and 46 RBIs in 106 Double-A Texas League games in 2017.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle tweeted Thursday morning that the trade hit an unspecified snag and that the teams were working to “rejigger” the return for Piscotty.