Cardinals strike gold, get Goldschmidt from Diamondbacks

First baseman Paul Goldschmidt has been an NL All Star six years running.	 David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

First baseman Paul Goldschmidt has been an NL All Star six years running. David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Cardinals will introduce Goldschmidt at a news conference Friday in St. Louis.

The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team announced Wednesday. He won the NL Silver Slugger Award in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018, and he has three Gold Gloves (2013, 2015, 2017) on his shelf. He's set to make $14.5 million next season before hitting free agency in 2020, when he'll be in line for another lucrative deal stretching into his 30s.

St. Louis went 88-74 last season and felt it needed a boost in the middle of a lineup that includes Matt Carpenter, Marcell Ozuna and Yadier Molina to compete with the likes of Milwaukee and the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.

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And none of the players traded away - a package headlined by pitcher Luke Weaver - were essential to the Cards going into the 2019 season. He has spent the last eight seasons with the D-Backs after making his debut in August of 2011. Greinke finished last season with a 15-11 record in 33 starts with a 3.21 ERA.

Although the Diamondbacks are entering rebuilding mode, it's unlikely they'll allow Goldschmidt, 31, to leave for the Cardinals, Astros or any other team for less than market value.

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