ST. LOUIS – After six seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, the last few marred by injuries, outfielder Tyler O’Neill is on the move.
The Cardinals have agreed to trade O’Neill to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for two pitchers, Nick Robertson and Victor Santos.
The Cardinals announced the move just after 5 p.m. Friday with initial reports of the deal coming in the 4 p.m. hour. President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak made it clear that the Cardinals would explore the trade market for O’Neill after announcing Lars Nootbaar, Jordan Walker and Tommy Edman as the team’s projected starting outfield next season.
O’Neill hit .248 with 78 home runs and 217 RBIs over six seasons with the Cardinals. His best season was the 2021 campaign, in which he slugged 34 home runs and 80 RBIs, finished eighth in NL MVP voting, and won a gold glove award.
O’Neill hit just .231 with 9 home runs and 21 RBIs in limited playing time last year, also taking criticism from manager Oli Marmol over an early-season baserunning blunder. O’Neill is set for free agency after the 2024 season if he doesn’t get a contract extension in Boston.
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