Cardinals, Diamondbacks agree to Paul Goldschmidt deal

Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt steps in to bat. | AP

Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt steps in to bat. | AP

The Cardinals added a big-time bat to their lineup for 2019 by acquiring first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from the Diamondbacks, the teams announced Wednesday.

The Arizona Diamondbacks dealt Goldschmidt to the St. Louis Cardinals for a package that includes starting pitcher Luke Weaver and top catching prospect Carson Kelly. He has finished in the top three in the National League MVP voting three separate times. Over his two seasons at Indiana State, he hit.297/.397/.488 with 30 doubles, 6 triples, 13 home runs, and 10 stolen bases over 110 games, posting a BB/K of 44/60.

Enter Goldschmidt. Entering his final season before free agency, he'll be playing his age-31 season in 2019, but remains an excellent all-around player. There's enough talent there that it shouldn't be a surprise if GM Mike Hazen makes a few more deals between now and opening day.

Weaver, a 25-year-old right-hander, was 7-11 with a 4.95 ERA last season.

Of course, a trade came to fruition with St. Louis.

Kelly has struggled immensely in 63 big league games but is still just 24 years of age.

Young's solid hitting continued in 2018 as he opened the year in high-A and worked his way up to AA for the second half of the season. They were priced out of any chance of re-signing left-hander Patrick Corbin.

It's rebuild mode for Arizona. The Diamondbacks are also expected to try moving Zack Greinke before the winter is out. Hillman is a former manager in the Yankees' minor league system, and in 2011-13 he was Mattingly's bench coach with the Dodgers.

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