Offseason's latest blockbuster trade includes neither the exceptionally active Mariners nor the five teams of the hyperaggressive National League East: both the Cardinals and the Diamondbacks have announced that the first baseman was Paul Goldschmidt from Arizona to St. Louis in exchange for right-handers Luke Weaver Catcher Carson Kelly Miniliga Infielder Andy Young and a Competitive Balance Round B-swapped selection in next year's draft ,
Derrick Goold of St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote today that the Cardinals had indicated that they would like to see if there is any impetus in their ongoing trade talks this week and winter is coming Talks were made that these talks also included the ongoing negotiations with the Diamondbacks about their first baseman and their long-time MVP nominee.
The 31-year-old Goldschmidt enters his final season of club control and earns $ 14.5 million next season before he reaches the nearest vacant agency Winter. The six-time All-Star recovered from a dreadful start to the 2018 campaign and ended with a brilliant .290 / .389 / .533 line through 690 record appearances.
The Cardinals were known to be hunting for a bat in the middle of second order in a row, with a focus on corner fielders. The addition of Goldschmidt would presumably push Matt Carpenter onto the third base, with Paul DeJong and Kolten Wong currently on short-stop and second base assignments.
] Last season, the cards looked similar and focused on Marlin's slugger Marcell Ozuna. However, a shoulder injury that was known to disturb Ozuna at that time proved detrimental to the offensive production of the outfield player. He finished the season with a fairly in-walking .280 / .325 / .433 brawl and 16 home runs – far from his 2017 slash of .312 / .376 / .548 and 37 homers. When Ozuna can jump back, the cards can work out a line-up with Goldschmidt, Carpenter and Ozuna – a highly talented trio with the potential to form one of the more imposing hearts of the Order of the Majors.
For the D- The motivation to trade Goldschmidt is based on limited racket control, a bloated and franchised payroll, and the desire to replenish a thin farm system. Goldschmidt has already signed a club-friendly contract with the D-Backs. Since this contract is in sight, it is unlikely that this time he will sign a contract that is below the market value. To this end, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks had tried to pledge Goldschmidt to an extension before trading, but they could not agree ( Twitter link ).
Goldschmidt would not sign a new contract that entered into force. General Manager Mike Hazen and his associates have chosen to acquire more in return for Goldschmidt than they would have wanted to get a qualifying offer. The return announced by the two clubs more than fulfills this description. Both Weaver and Kelly have a lot of experience in the league and were considered as one of the 100 best prospects of the game before emerging into the majors. In the meantime, Young has recorded strong numbers between the Class A Advanced and Double A seasons, and the D-Back Draft earned by the D-Backs falls within the 70-75 range of next summer's Draft ,
John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM tweeted that the two sides could close a deal. Derrick Goold of St. Louis Post-Dispatch added that there was "impetus" in the trade talks ( Twitter link ). Jon Heyman of Fancred tweeted that Goldschmidt would go to St. Louis.
More will follow.