On one of his first days shooting for the Arizona Diamondbacks, former General Manager Dave Stewart, who made a reputation as a steely, no-nonsense pitcher, beamed as he talked about the first baseman he had inherited. Stewart described how he might wake up every morning and "knows the sun is brighter because Paul Goldschmidt is part of my team."
The same glow will now light St. Louis.
The Cardinals had acquired Arizona's All-Star Goldschmidt for six years in a four-player deal that closed on Wednesday afternoon. The 31
] To complete the deal, Cardinals pitcher Luke Weaver sent a former first round first round; Beginner Carson Kelly, one of the top prospects in baseball; Andy Young on Diamondbacks Class AA and 2019 a Compensation Decision.
"Although I'll miss my brother Luke Weaver and my good friend Carson Kelly, I know we only get one man overall in this trade game-changing player type," said pitcher Adam Wainwright. "Goldy is one of the best players in our game and a great person. He brings so much to the table that he will help our team.
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Goldschmidt has one more year in his contract and can be a free agent in 12 months. The Cardinals did not demand an opportunity from Arizona to talk to him about an enlargement, a source confirmed, as they prefer to use the coming season so that both sides could get to know each other. The team will sell Goldschmidt in the city as it lays down a commitment for him in his late 30s and determines whether he is fit for the long term. Cardinals' ownership this winter has emphasized that he preferred to gain a strong hitter on the trade and later try to negotiate a long-term deal, like the Cardinals with Scott Rolen, Jim Edmonds and Matt Holliday, but not Jason Heyward ,
The acquisition of Goldschmidt reinforces the significance of 2019 for the Cardinals, who by November will have all sorts of free agents Marcell Ozuna, Michael Wacha and Miles Mikolas. For Matt Carpenter's contract, there is a team option for 2020 that will provide the team with plenty of flexibility and possibly plenty of holes next year for the coming season.
At General Manager meetings, discussions began a month ago with Arizona. The Cardinals attended this week to accelerate the negotiations ahead of the Las Vegas winter meeting next week, sources said. With Goldschmidt's $ 14.5 million salary in place for the season, the Cardinals now have the elasticity of their payroll and the chance to track down an elite (and expensive) lefty for the Bullpen. The team has had talks with the agent for Zach Britton, who has closure experience, and they have investigated the costs of Andrew Miller, a left-handed man who shines in October. They are also looking for a left-handed batsman for the bank. Trading with Kelly requires an emergency catcher and could lead to a reunion with Francisco Pena.
The arrival of Goldschmidt shifts the Cardinals to the periphery of the Bryce Harper Sweepstakes and watches as this market develops. Harper is seeking a record deal that could exceed $ 330 million. The Cardinals would have to act retroactively to create an opening for Harper that they had talked about before securing Goldschmidt.
The 6-foot-3 Goldschmidt is initially considered one of the best all-rounders in the game and, as several players sent to the Post-Dispatch on Wednesday, a first-rate teammate.
"He really is a modest superstar," said former Cardinals infielder Daniel Descalso, who played alongside Goldschmidt in Arizona last season. "The guy is doing well on the baseball field. As good as a player I played with. An even better person. "
Goldschmidt finished sixth in the National League MVP election last season, winning his second consecutive silver slugger at the same position as Joey Votto, Carpenter and Anthony Rizzo. He has won three MVP polls three times over the past six seasons and was twice runner-up in the award. The right-handed All-Star has four consecutive seasons with at least 24 home runs and at least 80 RBIs. His career OPS is 930, and in the last six seasons he has only had an OPS below 900.
He has four Silver Slugger Awards and three Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, and he is the only National League player in the league last six seasons an all-star. Since 2013, Goldschmidt's .947 OPS has been in second place behind the 1,000 by Mike Trout. His percentage of 0.541 points since 2013 is the highest of all National League players. And he raves in National League Central baseball stadiums with a staggering .578 and 1,011 OPS in 22 Wrigley Field and 1,307 OPS in 23 games at Milwaukee's Miller Park.
With the exception of Kelly, Yadier envisaged Molina's support, the Cardinals completed the deal without assuming their planned lineup for 2019. Weaver would have helped the bullpen or started the year as insurance for rotation in the AAA Memphis class. The young 24-year-old reached AA this season with an average of 289 and a total of 21 homers.
In recent winters, the Cardinals have sought an intimidating presence in the midst of their order and acquired oena a year ago when purifying the beast. Shoulder problems contributed to his sluggish season and let the Cardinals shop again. Goldschmidt represents the cardinals' desired "all-round upgrade" and is a face of the franchise, which had demanded Arizona trade. Stewart's GM term ended a few years ago, and the fading of the Diamondbacks last season prompted the team to cut wages and look to the future.
That gave the Cardinals daylight for a transformative deal.
I could not be happier with the trade, "said Carpenter, who will switch to the third base. "When you get a player from Paul's caliber, everyone around him gets better immediately."