Cardinals acquire Paul Goldschmidt from Diamondbacks

Rex Christensen
December 6, 2018

The MLB hot stove is officially heating up.

On Wednesday, the Cardinals traded for Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who isn't just one of the best offensive threats in the National League, but he absolutely kills the Cubs. Goldschmidt was the indisputable face of the D-backs franchise, and at 31 years old, had plenty left in the tank. Nightengale also revealed the Cardinals might be willing to trade for Goldschmidt without him signing a long-term contract with the team prior to his arrival.

The Cardinals sent catcher Carson Kelly, right-hander Luke Weaver, minor league infielder Andy Young and the Cardinals' Compensation Round B selection in the 2019 Major League Baseball amateur draft to Arizona.

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It's hard to find a more flawless fit than Paul Goldschmidt to the St. Louis Cardinals in the final year prior to his free agency. In his eight-year career, the right-handed hitter has batted.270/.387/.479 with eight home runs in 44 games against them.

Goldschmidt finishes second in the NL MVP voting in 2013 and 2015 and third in 2017. After going 7-2 with a 3.88 ERA, Weaver followed that up with a record of 7-11 and an ERA of 4.95.

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