Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen

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Diamondbacks GM: Goldschmidt is Possibly the Best Player in the NL

So how does it feel to trade away a player like that? Arizona GM Mike Hazen explained

December 05, 2018 - 7:26 pm

No "trade winner" will be decided anytime soon in the St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks deal to swap Paul Goldschmidt for Carson Kelly, Luke Weaver, a minor league infielder and draft pick. St. Louis will be seen as the immediate winner of course by acquiring a six-time All-Star still in the prime of his career. 

But what do the Arizona Diamondbacks think of their haul for a face-of-the-franchise type player? D-Backs general manager Mike Hazen spoke to media Wednesday evening, as it has come apparent that Arizona will not be going for a championship in 2019.

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Here's a few of his quotes: 

The acquisition of Kelly, Weaver, Andy Young and draft pick

"Certainly we think very highly of the players we got back. Kelly and Weaver I think jump right onto the club. Weaver slides into the rotation and Kelly we see as an everyday catcher moving forward. Andy Young had a tremendous Arizona Fall League. Handful of top draft picks. 

How tough was it to trade Goldy?

"Paul is possibly the best player in the national league and the face of the franchise. It's something we don't take lightly."

"Certainly a bittersweet decision on our part. I don't think I could overestimate the impact that Paul has had on this franchise, in the clubhouse, in this organization and the community."

Knows the fans can't be happy

"I completely understand and it's something we certainly took into consideration when we were thinking through this decision extensively."

"There are decisions you want to do and there are decisions you feel like you have to do. I think this fell into the category of the latter just in terms of us moving forward."