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Padres trade Jedd Gyorko and $7.5 million for Jon Jay

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The Padres send their second baseman and some cash to St. Louis for a center fielder.

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Earlier this morning Jon Morosi broke the news that Padres 2B Jedd Gyorko would soon be on his way to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Keith Law announced that Jon Jay would be coming to San Diego in return.  A friend and Cardinal fan in St. Louis tells me that Jon Jay was a source of frustration in the city.  He'd at times make beautiful defensive plays and get the clutch hit, but would mostly make weak contact and ground into double plays, a real rally killer.  But couldn't you say that about just about every ballplayer?  Plus Jay has had a nagging wrist injury for a while.

The Padres had experimented with Gyorko by buying out his arbitration years prior to 2014 and locking him up to a long contract extension.  The thought then was that you see talent in a player that could become a star and you lock them up immediately before they become too expensive and leave during free agency.  Well Jedd unfortunately fell into a slump almost immediately after signing the contract, perhaps putting too much pressure on himself.   Things didn't improve much the following season when in June of 2015 he was demoted for a time to work on some mechanical issues with his swing.  Now A.J. Preller who clearly wasn't enamored with him has been able to free up some payroll.

The numbers came in a little too fast.

Apparently that number is wrong and the Padres are only sending $7.5 million in Jedd's luggage.

The UT's Dennis Lin says that Preller sees Cory Spangenberg as Jedd's replacement at second.