Breaking news out of St. Louis, where the Cardinals are reportedly set to acquire six-time All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks for pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, infielder Andrew Young, and a competitive balance draft pick for 2019.
This is why the MLB offseason is awesome. This deal basically materialized out of thin air. Yesterday, Jon Morosi tweeted that the Cardinals were in talks with the D-Backs about a potential trade, but tweets like that get thrown around all the time in the offseason.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 4, 2018
Today, the deal became an increasing likelihood, to the shock and dismay of Cubs and Brewers fans.
This instantly makes the Cardinals a better team. Goldschmidt, 30, has quietly become one of the most consistent hitters in baseball since debuting in 2011. With the exception of his rookie campaign, Goldy has had an OPS over .850 every year of his career and has had an OPS+ over 130 for the last five seasons.
The Cardinals are not only getting a great hitter but a great defender as well. Goldy has earned three Gold Gloves over his eight-year career and is widely regarded as one of the best defensive first basemen in all of baseball. He also doesn’t miss time. With the exception of his 2014 season where he played 109 games, Goldschmidt has played in 145 games or more every year of his career.
So, let’s recap; the Cardinals got themselves an All-Star first baseman who does EVERYTHING well in exchange for a bunch of nothing. Actually, I take that back, but no one in the deal has nearly the level of upside that Goldy possessed. Bit of a head-scratcher. It should be noted that Goldschmidt is in the last year of his deal, and the Cardinals are reportedly looking to re-sign Goldy as quick as possible.
Apparently, the Cardinals were sick of missing out on the postseason, so they decided to make a big splash.
I love the MLB Offseason.
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