Cardinals Discussing Possible Trade for Paul Goldschmidt
As this week draws closer to Thanksgiving, the hot stove surrounding the St. Louis Cardinals stays relatively lukewarm. Sure, there’s still a ton of fan speculation on whether or not they will make offers to Bryce Harper & Manny Machado, but that’s likely to happen until both players ending up signing somewhere.
Other names that have surfaced over the past few weeks, have ranged from Josh Donaldson to Andrew Miller. Aside from the free-agent class, the biggest name tied to the Cardinals has been Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
While ideally St. Louis has a first baseman in Matt Carpenter, there is the flexibility in moving him to third base to bring in “Goldy”.
Ken Rosenthal reported yesterday that “the Astros and Cardinals are the two teams that have had the most meaningful discussions with the Diamondbacks about a trade for Paul Goldschmidt, sources tell The Athletic. No deal is close; talks not yet advanced.”
Of course many Cardinal fans read this and immediately vent frustrations. Either this move doesn’t make sense to pursue (with Goldschmidt only being under contract through next season), that moving Matt Carpenter to 3B would be a mistake, or that this is just typical Mozeliak in “kicking the tires” on a player.
It was brought up on the MLB Network’s Hot Stove that both organizations can grant a window for an opportunity to discuss & negotiate extensions with players prior to trading them, but that it’s usually 72 hours. Team’s trading players don’t typically like to do this because if it gets out and a deal doesn’t get made, it can cause a difficult situation.
Rosenthal mentioned that the cost to land Goldschmidt won’t be nearly as high with only one year left on his contract, and said that the Cardinals do have the prospects to potentially get a trade done.
It’s also believed that despite the one-year deal and unlikeliness that contract extensions would get discussed, that Goldschmidt seems like the type of player that could be sold on St. Louis and be open minded to an extension with the club.
Despite not being a desired lefty-bat, this would definitely be an impactful hitter to plug into a Cardinals lineup desperate for a 3-hole hitter.
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