Breaking: Cardinals Acquire 6-Time All Star Paul Goldschmidt
The St. Louis Cardinals swung for the fences, and got themselves a 6-Time All-Star in 1B Paul Goldschmidt, who posted a .290 BA, .389 OBP, smashing 33 home runs, and driving in 83 runs in 2018. After posting those gaudy numbers, Goldschmidt was named winner of the NL Silver Slugger award at First base. And although Goldschmidt is known for his power bat, he is also known for his stellar defense at his position, as he has three Gold Glove awards to his name, as well as winning the award as recent as 2017 as a member for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Goldschmidt will make a Cardinals club who went 88-74, who just missed the playoffs a perennial playoff contender, as he brings a lethal bat to an offense who ranked fourth in the NL in home runs (205), and RBIs (725). The Cardinals may look to insert Goldschmidt between Matt Carpenter who smashed a career high 36 home runs, and Marcell Ozuna who is capable of posting power numbers of his own (37 HR, 124 RBI in 2017).
In return, the Diamondbacks receive interesting pieces in the young Luke Weaver, 25, who has a career 4.79 ERA, a 4.10 FIP, to go along with a 3.2 BB/9 and 9.2 K/9. Although those stats aren’t the most encouraging, Weaver went 7-2, with a 3.88 ERA, 2.5 BB/9, and 10.7 K/9 in 2017. Look for Weaver to start in the rotation for the DBacks in 2019, and for a bounce back season with the veteran presence of Zack Greinke, if he’s not traded. Along with Weaver, the DBacks receive Cardinals’ top catching prospect Carson Kelly, 24, prospect Andy Young, and a 2019 Competitive Balance Round B draft pick.
In acquiring Goldschmidt, the Cardinals have plenty of depth at First base, and makes current 1B Jose Martinez, 30, who has posted a .309 career BA, 31 home runs, and 130 RBIs over 270 games, expandable or a move to the outfield which would then push the Cards to move on from Dexter Fowler. Fowler who has 3-years and almost $45 million left on his current deal, had a career low season as he dealt with injuries and posted a lowly .180 BA, 8 HR, in just 90 games. Look for the Cardinals to still be active on the trade front, and look to offload one of their expandable pieces for a position of need.
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