NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals acquired infielder Jedd Gyorko and from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday for outfielder Jon Jay.
San Diego will pay St. Louis $7.5 million to cover part of the $33 million remaining on Gyorko's contract.
The 27-year-old Gyorko hit .247 with 16 homers and 57 RBIs this year, spending time at second base, shortstop and first base. He has a .236 average in three big league seasons with 49 homers and 171 RBIs.
Under a deal Gyorko signed in April 2014, he is guaranteed $4 million next season, $6 million in 2017, $9 million in 2018 and $13 million in 2019. The contract includes a $13 million club option for 2020 with a $1 million buyout.
San Diego agreed to pay the Cardinals $2.5 million each of July 1 in 2018 and 2019, and an additional $2.5 million on Sept. 1, 2019.
Jay, 30, helped the Cardinals win the 2011 World Series title but hit .210 last season, his lowest average in six big leagu! e seasons and down from .303 in 2014. He has a .287 career average.
Jay has a $6,225,000 salary next season, then can become a free agent.