St. Louis Cardinals have acquired the first star boss Paul Goldschmidt from Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for right-hopper Luke Weaver, Prison Carson Kelly and infirm Andy Young, announced the law Wednesday.
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The 31-year-old Goldschmidt, one star in the last six seasons, had a .290 batting agent with 33 home runs, 83 RBI, 35 doubles and 90 lasts last season. Hans .922 OPS ranked third in the National League and his .934 OPS since 2012 is second in NL behind Cincinnati’s Joey Votto during that period.
“We have been busy with this offseason who works to upgrade our show, and today We are pleased to announce the acquisition of one of the game’s top players,” said Cardinal’s President John Mozeliak in a statement.
St. Louis went 88-74 and thought it needed a boost in the middle of a lineup that includes Matt Carpenter, Marcell Ozuna and Yadier Molina to compete with Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs in NL Central. The cardinal after Thursday’s drought is their longest since 1997-99. 19659002] Goldschmidt, who has finished second or third in NL MVP, votes three times, enters his last season of club control and receives a $ 1 million bonus for trading. He is earning $ 14.5 million in 2019 before he reaches a free agency next winter.
| || ||MLB Rank |
|OBP ||.400 ||3rd |
|RBI ||684 ||3rd |
|HR  201 ||6 : e |
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Considered the franchise’s face, Goldschmidt was a consistent performer both on the plate and on the field during his eight seasons with Diamondbacks, winning four Silver Slugger Awards and three Gold Gloves.
“It was an extremely difficult decision that gave us how much Paul has meant our team both on and off the field,” said Diamondback’s president Derrick Hall. “He represents everything that means to be a D-back, and we are very grateful to him for everything he has done for our franchise and our fans.”
It should not take long for Goldschmidt to attract cardinals fans. Over his career, he has a 1.170 OPS in 43 matches against the rival Cubs.
Goldschmidt has had four seasons with at least 33 home runs and has 209 overall. He also has a .297 career betting agent with 710 RBI, and he ranks others solely to Luis Gonzalez in franchise history in all three categories.
Arizona went 82-80 in NL West and ended behind Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado, both of which made the playoffs.
Rebuilding Diamondbacks differed from a homegrown player who grew to be franchised but approached the end of an extremely law-friendly contract. The Silent Slugger, an eighth round draft from Texas State 2009, moved quickly through the Arizona minority system and advanced to the Great League Club 2011.
25-year-old Weaver, 27th Overall Choice in 2014 MLB draft, went 7 -11 with a 4.95 ERA and 121 strikes in 25 starts for Cardinals last season. Overall, he has a 4.79 ERA in 233 career innings pitched and was Cardinal’s annual league throw in 2016.
Kelly, who has a .154 batting agent in limited action over three-season parts is highly regarded for his defensive ability and ranked as one of Cardinal’s best perspectives.
Young, who merged .289 in Double-A and high-A, finished fifth in 2018 the Arizona Fall League with a .936 OPS.
The draft choices Arizona received comes after the second round, probably a pick somewhere in the high 70’s or 80’s.
ESPN Stats & Information and Associated Press contributed to this report.