Back in June the Padres demoted Jedd Gyorko to Triple-A a year and change into a six-year, $35 million contract extension and now they’ve traded the 26-year-old infielder to the Cardinals in exchange for 30-year-old outfielder Jon Jay. According to Corey Brock of MLB.com the Cardinals will also receive about $7 million in cash.
Gyorko has hit just .229 with a .654 OPS in 239 games since signing the deal, but he does have 20-homer power and the Cardinals must feel that his offensive potential has been stifled by calling pitcher-friendly Petco Park home. He figures to fill a utility infielder role initially, but could work his way into more playing time given that he has $32 million remaining on the contract through 2019.
Jay has been the Cardinals’ primary center fielder since 2010, but fell out of favor this past season by hitting .210 and missing time with injuries. He’s a career .287 hitter with a .354 on-base percentage and the ability to play all three outfield spots. He’s owed $6.85 million in 2016 and will then be a free agent.