Ryan Young of the Kansas City Star reports that Royals infielder Josh Fields is about ready to undergo hip surgery that could sideline him for the remainder of the 2010 season.
The Royals picked up Fields this offseason when they traded third baseman Mark Teahen to the White Sox. Fields was placed on the disabled list just before Opening Day, however, and is likely to spend the next several months there. His procedure will be performed in Colorado under the supervision of renowned hip specialist Marc Philippon, who has also worked with Alex Rodriguez in recent years.
Fields, 27, hit .222/.301/.347 with seven home runs and 30 RBI in 239 at-bats last season. If healthy, he would have served as a utility infielder this year in Kansas City.
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.