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Cardinals acquire slugging first baseman Goldschmidt in blockbuster trade with Diamondbacks

08 December 2018, 02:03 | Charlene Valdez

Cardinals get their slugger in trade with Arizona for Goldschmidt

Cardinals strike gold, get Goldschmidt from Diamondbacks

He'll be eligible for free agency after the 2019 season.

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).

The Cardinals first must acquire Goldschmidt, then convince him over time to stick with the team before we can gauge the merits of their risky pursuit. He has spent the last eight seasons with the D-Backs after making his debut in August of 2011.

"This was an extremely hard decision given how much Paul has meant to our team both on and off the field".

Weaver went 7-11 with a 4.95 ERA past year with St. Louis, his third with the major league club and joins a pitching staff that combined to post a 3.72 ERA in 2018.

Kelly has struggled immensely in 63 big league games but is still just 24 years of age. He is highly regarded for his defensive ability. Patrick Corbin has a wicked slider that hitters can't seem to connect with.

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.

Arizona Diamondbacks are leaving their fans in shock with some of the recent roster moves.

ROYALS: Chris Owings agreed to a $3 million, one-year deal with the Royals, five days after the utilityman was cut by Arizona.

Like Mattingly and Marlins CEO Derek Jeter, Stottlemyre and Hillman have ties to the Yankees.

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