Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt

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Cards Acquire 6-Time All-Star Paul Goldschmidt From Diamondbacks

December 05, 2018 - 4:11 pm
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The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondback in exchange for right handed pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, infielder Andrew Young and a 2019 Competitive Balance Round B draft pick.

Discussions between the Cards and D-Backs heated up on Tuesday, per multiple reports, but the deal was rumored to be hinging on whether Goldschmidt would agree to an extension with St. Louis as he enters the final year of his contract with Arizona in 2019. He is owed $14.5 million in the final year of the five-year deal he signed with Arizona in 2015.

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The three-time Gold Glove winner Goldschmidt would likely take his place at first, Matt Carpenter moving over to third base, Kolten Wong at second and Paul DeJong at short. 

Although Goldschmidt isn't the left-handed bat St. Louis president of baseball operations John Mozeliak has named as one of his team's main needs, he's an obvious a middle-of-the-order power bat.

“We’ve been busy this off-season working to upgrade our lineup, and today we are excited to announce the acquisition of one of the game’s premier players in first baseman Paul Goldschmidt,” stated Mozeliak

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Goldschmidt, 31, has been a National League All-Star each of the past six seasons (2013-18), and he is a four-time (2013, 2015, 2017, 2018) N.L. and Silver Slugger award winner. Goldschmidt is the lone N.L. player to be named an All-Star each of the past six seasons, and he’s one of just three players (Mike Trout and Salvador Pérez) in all of the majors to have done so.

The right-handed hitting Goldschmidt batted .290 in 2018 with 33 home runs and 83 RBI, finishing 6th in National League MVP voting.  The 6-3, 225-pound Delaware native has compiled a career .297 batting mark with 209 HR’s and 710 RBI in 1,092 games and has hit 30 or more homers in four of the last six seasons, including a league-leading 36 in 2013 when he finished 2nd in MVP voting.

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“Goldy” owns a career .398 on-base pct. and .532 slugging mark, and since 2013, ranks 2nd among National League leaders in home runs (181), RBI (602), hits (996), runs (599), walks (575), extra base hits (413).  Goldschmidt is the current leader among active MLB first basemen with a .996 fielding percentage and he ranks 5th all-time in MLB history.

The Cardinals are planning to hold a press conference to introduce Goldschmidt on Friday, December 7 in St. Louis, and will have further details once they become available.       

The departure of Kelly makes room for Andrew Knizner as Yadier Molina's eventual heir at catcher. Knizer is St. Louis' No. 5 overall prospect and hit .313 with seven home runs between Double- and Triple-A in 2018. 

Weaver was traded from a position of strength for St. Louis, who had nearly a dozen pitchers with MLB starting experience coming into 2019. 

Young, 24, is a 37th round draft pick by St. Louis in 2016. He split time between Single- and Double-A in 2018, hitting .289 with 21 home runs.