St. Louis Cardinals: Get Ready for Goldschmidt
The St. Louis Cardinals may be close to making their first big splash of the 2018 off-season. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch initially reported that the Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks have been in trade talks for the All Star first baseman.
MLB.com’s Jon Morosi has confirmed rumor.
Paul Goldschmidt is a 6 x All-Star, 4 x Silver Slugger, 3 x Gold Glover and has a career .297 batting avg. Last season, he had a slash line of .290/.389/.533 with 33 HR, 85 RBI and 95 runs scored.
To lose the face of the franchise in Arizona, it will be a tough blow for Diamondback fans. However with Paul Goldschmidt only being signed through the 2019 season at $14.5M , it is unlikely that the team is interested in losing him to free-agency and instead wants to get young pieces in return.
The Cardinals have young prospects to offer. While it has not yet been reported as to what players the Diamondbacks are asking for or what players the Cardinals are willing to offer, it will likely begin with pitching and a young outfielder.
The 31-year old Goldschmidt would fit an immediate need for St. Louis looking to solidify the middle of their order. This move would presumably slide Matt Carpenter to 3B, and shift the focus from the missed opportunity of Josh Donaldson and likely hush the speculation of adding a Mike Moustakas. There is also the chance St. Louis extends Paul Goldschmidt beyond just his current 1-year deal.
As mentioned, it’s uncertain of the asking price, but if Arizona asks for an outfielder, it would probably be Adolis Garcia or Tyler O’Neill. Dexter Fowler’s contract and no trade clause would not seemingly be a fit, but there does remain questions on the Cardinals plans for Dex moving forward.
Could trading for Paul Goldschmidt be of appeal to go after another young outfielder? Possibly Bryce Harper?
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, as the trade for Goldy is in the works but not quite set in stone.
But brace yourself, Cardinals Nation.
Business is about to pick up!
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