Cardinals trade Tyler O’Neill to Red Sox

Tyler O’Neill (D. Benjamin Miller, Wikimedia Commons)

According to Rogers Sportsnet on Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals have traded outfielder Tyler O’Neill of Burnaby, British Columbia to the Boston Red Sox for pitcher Nick Robertson and minor league pitching prospect Victor Santos. O’Neill is joining his second Major League Baseball team as he has played the last six seasons with the Cardinals.

In 72 games last season, O’Neill batted .231 with nine home runs and 21 runs batted in. During 238 at bats and 266 plate appearances, O’Neill scored 27 runs, and had 55 hits, 14 doubles, five stolen bases, 96 total bases, with an on base percentage of .312, and a slugging percentage of .403.

Another strength of O’Neill’s game over the years has been his defense. He won the National League Gold Glove Award in 2020 and 2021.

Injuries were a major reason why O’Neill missed 90 games last season. That is because he missed six weeks because of a hamstring injury, and also missed two weeks with a shoulder ailment.

Robertson meanwhile was not effective on the mound in 2023. He shared his rookie season with the Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers, and had a record of zero wins and one loss with an earned run average of 6.04. Robertson also had a poor WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) of 1.75.

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