Cardinals acquire Goldschmidt from Diamondbacks

Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt steps in to bat. | AP

Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt steps in to bat. | AP

Despite favorable reaction from the baseball world on both teams' hauls, Arizona fans weren't exactly pleased to see the star first baseman sent off to St. Louis. 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. Goldschmidt has a $14.5 million salary next year, receives a $1 million assignment bonus for the trade and will be eligible for free agency after next season.

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.

Goldschmidt, 31, was drafted by the Diamondbacks in 2009 and was promoted to the majors in 2011.

Cardinals beat reporter Jenifer Langosch reported that the team will now look to improve their bullpen and add a left-handed bench player instead of targeting free agent outfielder Bryce Harper.

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Since 2013, Goldschmidt ranks second among National Leaguers in home runs (181), RBIs (602), hits (996), runs (599), walks (575) and extra-base hits (413).

Despite an terrible start to last season, he bounced back to once again become a powerful force.

"I would like to personally thank Paul Goldschmidt for everything he did as a D-back", said D-backs Executive Vice President & General Manager Mike Hazen.

In 2018, Goldschmidt hit.290 with 83 RBI and 33 home runs. Greinke came to the Dback after three seasons with the Dodgers.

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