By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The St. Louis Cardinals acquired first baseman Paul Goldschmidt on Wednesday afternoon. In exchange, the Arizona Diamondbacks are receiving catcher Carson Kelly, right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver, and infielder Andy Young.
Arizona is also received the Cardinals’ Compensation Round B selection in the 2019 MLB Draft.
Before the trade to the Cardinals, Goldy was the face of the franchise. He has been to the All-Star game the past six years.
Goldschmidt will receive a $1 million assignment bonus for the trade. He is entering the final year of his contract in 2019.
He is due to make $14.5 million before becoming a free agent. The Cardinals will attempt to sign him to an extension before he walks in free agency.
Goldschmidt had a .290 batting average with 33 home runs and 83 RBIs. The 31-year-old also has 35 doubles and 90 walks.
He spent eight seasons with the Diamondbacks. During his tenure, he won four Silver Slugger Awards.
He also won three Gold Gloves Awards.
Weaver was picked with the 27th selection in the 2014 MLB Draft. He went 7-11 with a 4.95 ERA in 25 starts with the Cardinals. He also had 121 strikeouts.
Kelly played sparingly with the Cardinals in 2018. He had a .114 batting average with 3 RBIs. He was considered one of the Cardinals top prospects prior to the trade
Young spent time in the Arizona Fall League.
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