Cardinals get their slugger in trade with Arizona for Goldschmidt

Lynette Rowe
December 8, 2018

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

After making a big splash by acquiring Paul Goldschmidt on Wednesday, the St. Louis Cardinals are no longer expected to target high-priced free agents this offseason.

A six-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove victor at 31, Goldschmidt was among the top players available in the trade market.

Goldschmidt has just one year remaining on his contract at $14.5 million, a club option the D-Backs exercised at the end of October.

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Arizona went 82-80 in the NL West and finished behind the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado, which both made the playoffs.

In 2013, Goldschmidt hit 36 home runs and drove in 125. This past season, he hit.290/.389/.533 with 33 home runs and 83 RBI in 690 plate appearances while playing above-average defense. Goldschmidt, 31, has played all eight seasons of his major league career with the Diamondbacks, who selected him in the eighth round of the 2009 amateur draft. Kelly has six years before being eligible for arbitration and Weaver has five.

Weaver went 7-11 with a 4.95 ERA past year with St. Louis, his third with the major league club and joins a pitching staff that combined to post a 3.72 ERA in 2018.

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