Bowden: Grading the Paul Goldschmidt trade for the Diamondbacks and Cardinals

Doug Mendoza
December 8, 2018

Paul Goldschmidt is the newest member of the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Arizona Diamondbacks dealt Goldschmidt to the St. Louis Cardinals for a package that includes starting pitcher Luke Weaver and top catching prospect Carson Kelly. He is a three-time Gold Glove victor and four-time Silver Slugger during his eight-year Major League Baseball career. The Cardinals believed they needed a boost in the middle of their lineup to compete with the likes of Milwaukee and the Cubs in the NL Central.

In 2013, Goldschmidt hit 36 home runs and drove in 125.

He has compiled a career.297 batting average, 209 home runs, and 710 RBI.

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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.

Despite an terrible start to last season, he bounced back to once again become a powerful force. The Washington Nationals signed Patrick Corbin to a six-year 140 million dollar contract.

Hazen wouldn't offer a guess on whether Greinke would be on the team next season but said "We're exploring everything possible to make this organization stronger". After going 7-2 with a 3.88 ERA, Weaver followed that up with a record of 7-11 and an ERA of 4.95.

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