Stephen Piscotty, released by A’s, thankful for the trade that brought him home


ARLINGTON, Texas — Outfielder Stephen Piscotty’s tenure with the Oakland Athletics, at times emotional and frustrating, ended Tuesday with his release in his fifth A’s season.

Piscotty, 31, was hitting .190 in 42 games in the final guaranteed season of a six-year, $33.5 million contract signed with the Cardinals, who traded him to Oakland after the 2017 season. After a career year in 2018, Piscotty’s production declined the past four seasons and injuries limited his availability.

In a text to The Chronicle, Piscotty said he “wasn’t planning on having to reflect on my time with the A’s so soon, but when I do think back, I think immediately to 2018 and how grateful I am to this organization for bringing me home to be with family while my mom was sick. I’ll forever be grateful for that. Surely there have been a lot of ups and downs over the last few years, I think for now I’ll just focus on the ups and how lucky I was to wear the uniform of my hometown team.”

The trade from St. Louis brought Piscotty, who’s from Pleasanton and played at Stanford, closer to his family and his mother, Gretchen, who died in May 2018 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. On May 15, 2018, in his first at-bat returning from the bereavement list, Piscotty hit a home run at Fenway Park in Boston.

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