All of the cool kids are setting arbitrary deadlines for signing them, but not Jason Bay. Maybe it’s because he’s a nice, polite Canadian-American. Maybe it’s because unlike Roy Halladay he actually, you know, doesn’t have a job right now so he can’t exactly impose any kind of deadline. Either way, according to ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes, Bay is keeping all of his options open, he has no time frame for a deal to happen and the Red Sox still call him their “prime target.”
I still have to think that the draft pick politics of it all counsel the Red Sox to look harder at Matt Holliday, but no one associated with the Sox seems willing to admit that right now, even on an anonymous basis.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Athletics and Cardinals have agreed on a trade involving outfielder Stephen Piscotty. The Cardinals will receive two as yet unknown minor leaguers in return.
Piscotty, 26, hit .235/.342/.367 with nine home runs and 39 RBI in 401 plate appearances for the Cardinals this past season. He dealt with injuries and with his mother’s ALS diagnosis, so it was a rough year, but very excusably so. The Cardinals had signed him to a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension in March. He’s under contract through 2022 at a total of $29.5 million and has a club option for 2023 worth $15 million with a $1 million buyout.
The Cardinals had an outfield spot open up after agreeing to acquire Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins on Wednesday so the Piscotty trade doesn’t come as a surprise.