MLB Rumors: Cardinals Willing To Bet Big On Paul Goldschmidt Trade

Ruben Hill
December 6, 2018

The Cardinals acquired slugging first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from the Diamondbacks in a trade Tuesday.

Arizona will receive right-hander Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, minor league infielder Andy Young and a Competitive Balance Round B draft selection in 2019 from St. Louis. He has spent the last eight seasons with the D-Backs after making his debut in August of 2011.

Goldschmidt, who has been named to six straight All-Star Games, was heading into the final year of his contract. Rather than settle for a trade-deadline rental package, Arizona opted to move Goldschmidt now for a more considerable return.

Giving the Cardinals a power and consistency presence they haven't had at the position since the days of Albert Pujols, you'd have to consider this a major step forward in St. Louis' push to catch the Cubbies and Brewers at the top of the division.

Although the Diamondbacks are entering rebuilding mode, it's unlikely they'll allow Goldschmidt, 31, to leave for the Cardinals, Astros or any other team for less than market value.

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