After weeks of hypothesis, the Arizona Diamondbacks have traded their face-of-the-franchise Paul Goldschmidt to the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Arizona Diamondbacks traded Paul Goldschmidt to the St. Louis Cardinals in the present day. In return, the Cardinals are sending pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, infielder Andy Younger and a Aggressive Steadiness Spherical B choose in subsequent yr’s draft. That choose is more likely to fall someplace within the mid-80s.
The Cardinals, long-rumored Goldschmidt hunters for a lot of the offseason, didn’t seem like near pulling the set off till earlier in the present day when John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports activities 98.7 FM (Twitter hyperlink) and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Submit Dispatch (Twitter hyperlink), amongst others, started tweeting about growing momentum as the 2 groups labored in direction of a deal.
The Cardinals are getting a real offensive centerpiece on a really affordable one-year, $14.5MM contract. Final season, Goldschmidt began gradual however battled again to complete the yr with a Goldschmidtian .290/.389/.533 line with 33 dwelling runs, 95 runs, 83 RBIs, and 5.Four rWAR. He was awarded one more Silver Slugger.
He is without doubt one of the most well-rounded and constant gamers within the massive leagues who will look to steer the Cardinals again to the playoffs in a really aggressive NL Central that featured two playoff golf equipment final season with the Brewers and Cubs.
For the Diamondbacks, it’s an fascinating return. Luke Weaver has 1.112 days main league service time, so he’s nonetheless a full 5 seasons from free company and two away from arbitration. He’ll possible step proper into considered one of Arizona’s vacant rotation spots. Weaver, 24, completed 2018 with a 7-11 document, 4.95 ERA in 136 1/three innings throughout 25 begins and a handful of aid appearances.
Carson Kelly will take over the beginning catching gig in Arizona, splitting time with incumbent Alex Avila. Kelly, 24, has 161 days main league service time, however his path was blocked in St. Louis by Cardinal icon Yadier Molina. He has a very good defensive status, however he has but to offer even common offense in very restricted stints within the majors during the last three seasons.
As just lately as 2017, Kelly was the Cardinals #2 prospect as rated by MLB.com, which had him because the #32 prospect total within the MLB previous to that yr. Baseball America had him as their #55 prospect within the MLB previous to this season.
Andy Younger, 24, just isn’t so heralded because the Weaver and Kelly, however he’s coming off a yr by which he mashed his manner by way of Excessive-A (137 wRC+) and continued to rake in Double A (160 wRC+). Fangraphs just lately ranked him because the #12 prospect within the Cardinals system.
The Aggressive Steadiness Spherical picks are the one tradeable draft picks in June’s Rule Four newbie draft, therefore the Cardinals skill to incorporate their Spherical B choose on this swap. It’s an fascinating inclusion, because it permits the Diamondbacks to pick out their very own man at a comparatively beneficial spot after the completion of the second spherical.
This provides to GM Mike Hazen’s conflict chest of picks within the high 100 of subsequent June’s draft. The Diamondbacks may find yourself with as many as 5 picks within the first 100.
Paul Goldschmidt ends his tenure within the desert as one of many best Arizona Diamondbacks of all time. Goldy leaves the Diamondbacks as the present all-time chief in offensive conflict (40.1 WAR), ten full wins above substitute increased than second place Luis Gonzalez (30.1 WAR).
With Patrick Corbin signing his new cope with the Nationals yesterday afternoon, the rebuild is on in Arizona. This commerce of Goldschmidt leaves little doubt as to the path of the Arizona Diamondbacks subsequent season, although the ML-readiness of the items coming to Arizona at the very least hints on the risk that possession desires to get the Diamondbacks again into competition sooner slightly than later.