It was reported earlier today and late last night that the San Diego Padres were working on a trade that would send 2B Jedd Gyorko to the St. Louis Cardinals. What wasn’t known was what the Padres would be getting back in the deal, until ESPN’s Keith Law tweeted this out:
Padres GM A.J. Preller said yesterday, during the first day of the MLB Winter Meetings, that the team would be searching for a left-handed hitting outfielder or first baseman, and Wil Myers would play whichever position was left open afterward. This trade would seem to cement Myers as the team’s starting first baseman.
Jay is a left-handed outfielder, for sure. With the Cardinals, he regularly played all three outfield spots, although he got most of his starts as the team’s center fielder. After posting an OPS over .700 in each of his first five seasons with the Cardinals, Jay’s OPS dropped to .563 last season. In the final year of his contract, Jay will get a chance to prove that last season was an anomaly as one of the Padres’ corner outfielders.
Jedd Gyorko, who signed a 5-year deal for $31 million after his rookie season, has four years and at least $18 million left on the contract. Gyorko lost his starting 2B spot to Cory Spangenberg last season, and couldn’t reclaim his former position of 3B away from Yangervis Solarte, leading him to play some shortstop towards the end of the Padres’ 2015 season.
This deal not only gets rid of the issue of the Padres having too many 2B on the roster, it also saves a ton of money for the future and gets the left-handed OF that the team needed.
UPDATE: Deal now official