The St. Louis Cardinals have announced the acquisition of first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks. In exchange for the six-time National League All-Star, the Cardinals traded catcher Carson Kelly, pitcher Luke Weaver, infield prospect Andy Young, and their Compensation Round B selection in the 2019 Major League Baseball amateur draft.
“We’ve been busy this off-season working to upgrade our lineup, and today we are excited to announce the acquisition of one of the game’s premier players in first baseman Paul Goldschmidt,” stated Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak via press release.
Goldschmidt finished sixth in NL MVP voting this past season after hitting .290 with 33 home runs and 83 RBIs. Overall, he has a .297 batting mark with 209 HR’s and 710 RBI in 1,092 games. In addition, Goldschmidt has won three Rawlings Gold Gloves and is the current leader among active MLB first basemen with a .996 fielding percentage, which ranks 5th all-time in MLB history.
Signed through the 2019 season, Goldschmidt will be eligible for free agency.
The Cardinals plan to introduce Goldschmidt in St. Louis on Friday.
— Luke Weaver (@DreamWeava7) December 6, 2018
— Carson Kelly (@carskelly) December 6, 2018
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