Just when Fantasy owners were about ready to be done with Jedd Gyorko, he gave them another reason to hang on in the second half of 2015, returning from a three-week stint in the minors to reclaim the starting second base job before eventually shifting over to shortstop. And that's about the time he regained his power stroke, homering 11 times over the final two months to remind Fantasy owners why they liked him so much in the first place. This move to shortstop would be a game-changer, making him one of the top power hitters at what's widely considered a weak position, if the Padres hadn't shipped him to St. Louis this offseason, where he's expected to be the first bat off the bench. An injury could free up more at-bats, but unless the Cardinals have another move up their sleeves, Gyorko isn't someone you need to be drafting in mixed leagues, despite his 25-homer potential.
Gyorko has been traded to the Cardinals, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. Jon Morosi of Fox Sports first reported that a deal was close between the two clubs, and Jon Jay appears to be headed to the Padres as the return. Gyorko hit .259/.299/.440 with 13 homers in the second half of last season for the Padres, and it seems as though he'll be used as a utility option around the infield at all four spots with Matt Carpenter, Jhonny Peralta, and Kolten Wong occupying third base, shortstop, and second base, respectively. Gyorko is under contract for four more seasons (through 2019) at a total cost of $32 million, so the Padres are freeing up money by making this deal.
Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko went 4 for 5 with two runs scored and a walk-off RBI single in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Giants. Gyorko continues to roll, as the Padres middle infielder has posted three multi-hit performances in his last four games - a span including two home runs. After a tumultuous 2015 campaign at the major and minor league level, Gyorko has rebounded nicely to secure his role in San Diego's everyday lineup. The 27-year-old's hot hitting has made him an enticing short term option in daily formats.
Padres infielder Jedd Gyorko went 2 for 4 with a double and solo homer in Saturday's 10-2 loss to the Rockies. Despite not having played shortstop at the professional level before this season, Gyorko has fielded the position well and boosted his offensive production in 2015. Despite hitting for a low average and providing no speed, Gyorko's .161 ISO makes him a nice middle infield option in deeper formats.
Padres infielder Jedd Gyorko provided the biggest hit of the night in the 10-7 win over the Dodgers on Thursday. Gyorko, who went 2 for 4 on the night, blasted a two-run home run in the eighth inning to turn a 7-6 deficit into an 8-7 lead. The home run was Gyorko's 11th of the season, and he is now batting .316 with three homers and nine RBI over his last 10 games.
Padres infielder Jedd Gyorko did his best to get his club a victory on Tuesday, though the Padres wound up falling to the Nationals 8-3. Gyorko went 2 for 4 with a pair of home runs and three RBI in the loss. Gyorko hit a two-run blast in the second inning, which actually gave the Padres a 2-0 lead at the time. He later added a solo shot in the seventh, but by then it was too late to avoid the defeat. The pair of longballs give Gyorko 10 for the season, which matches his total output from the 2014 season.