Cardinals strike gold from Arizona

Cardinals strike gold from Arizona

The St. Louis Cardinals are the top runner to land the first baseman.

The Diamondbacks announced on Wednesday evening that the club traded first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to the Cardinals in exchange for pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, infielder Andrew Young, and a Competitive Balance Round B 2019 draft pick.

A six-time All-Star at 31, Goldschmidt was among the top players available in the trade market.

Neither of those outfielders produced up to expectations in 2018, however, with Fowler hitting.180/.278/.298, and Ozuna playing through a shoulder issue and hitting.280/.325/.433 with 23 home runs, a big drop from his 2017 numbers with the Marlins. 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.

As for Arizona, Weaver is the major piece going back to the desert.

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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. Goldschmidt debut with the Diamondbacks on August 1, 2011, it has been a great run with Goldie in a Dbacks uniform.

"Certainly this is a bittersweet decision on our part", Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen said on a conference call.

Weaver went 7-11 with a 4.95 ERA previous 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.

Corbin signed a $140 million, six-year contract with the Washington Nationals.

It's rebuild mode for Arizona.

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