The Oakland A’s would love nothing more than to find a trade partner willing to take Stephen Piscotty off of their hands. Not only would they be able to save more money on their payroll, which is always a consideration, but they would be able to use his spot in the lineup in an attempt to find pieces of their future core. The problem is finding a trade partner as Piscotty has battled injury and ineffectiveness over the past few years.
There is one possible sliver of hope. If Piscotty is going to be traded, it may well end up being to a team in the NL East. The reason – he has been able to hammer the Phillies throughout his career.
Oakland A’s may have a path to trade Stephen Piscotty
How good has Piscotty been against the Phillies? He has posted a .298/.379/.456 batting line in his 66 plate appearances, hitting six doubles and a homer. His .835 OPS is his ninth best against any opponent, and the fifth highest mark amongst teams he has at least 50 plate appearances against.
Teams are always looking for help, especially when it comes to having enough depth in the outfield. While Piscotty has typically only appeared in right during his career, it would not be too much of a stretch to see him play in left once again. If he can stay healthy, he could be a useful bench option.
That is especially the case for a team in the NL East. The Phillies are expected to contend for the division crown, especially after they were able to upgrade their lineup as drastically as they did. Piscotty’s success against Philadelphia could allow a team to steal a win, making the difference in the division.
The Oakland A’s are not likely to have many suitors for Stephen Piscotty. However, given his success against the Phillies, they should try the NL East.