How Cardinals Trade for Paul Goldschmidt Impacts NL Central Race

08 December, 2018, 01:55 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Cardinals strike gold, get Goldschmidt from Diamondbacks

Paul Goldschmidt is the newest member of the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to the St. Louis Cardinals, the club announced Wednesday. Especially when the deal brought in a six-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger, three-time Gold Glove, two-time runner-up for MVP.

Goldschmidt is slated to earn $14.5 next season, as well as a $1 million bonus for the trade.


Goldschmidt, 31, was drafted by the Diamondbacks in 2009 and was promoted to the majors in 2011.

Since 2013, Goldschmidt ranks second among National Leaguers in home runs (181), RBIs (602), hits (996), runs (599), walks (575) and extra-base hits (413). This past season, he hit.290/.389/.533 with 33 home runs and 83 RBI in 690 plate appearances while playing above-average defense. He'll be eligible for free agency after the 2019 season. "We understand that. We've understood that for a long time". And there was obvious concern about the D-backs' ability to sign him beyond this season.

"Certainly this is a bittersweet decision on our part", Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen said on a conference call. The team might be looking to make another splash this winter after missing the playoffs for the past three seasons.

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