On one of his first days, the shots of Arizona Diamondbacks, former Secretary General Dave Stewart, who was noted as…
On one of his first days, the shots of Arizona Diamondbacks, former Secretary General Dave Stewart, who was noted as a steely-eyed, no-nonsense launcher, radiated as he spoke of the first basseman he inherited. Stewart described how each morning he could wake up and “knowing the sun is lighter because Paul Goldschmidt is on my team”.
The same glow is now supposed to ignite St. Louis.
In a move for several weeks in the Cardinals and several years in the chase, six-hour All-Star Goldschmidt from Arizona acquired a four-player deal ended Wednesday afternoon. Goldschmidt, 31
, will dock the infield as a Gold Glove-winning first base man and add the desired name-brand fear factor to Cardinals’ lineup as a permanent MVP candidate. Goldschmidt, which will be introduced and presented with a Cardinals jersey in St. Petersburg. Louis on Friday, giving the best data to the first base of any player the cardinals have had there since Albert Pujols left for California after the 2011 World Series championship.  To complete the deal, Cardinals sent the corpse Luke Weaver, an earlier first round pick; rookie Carson Kelly, one of the best catchups in baseball; and class AA infiltrates Andy Young to Diamondbacks, along with a compensation draft select in 2019.
“While I will miss my brother Luke Weaver and my good friend Carson Kelly, know I who we get in this trade is the total game change type of player, “said Adam Wainwright.” Goldy is one of the best s the pillars our game has to offer and a good person. He takes so much to the table that helps our team. “
Goldschmidt has one year left on his contract and can be a free agent 12 months from now. The cardinals did not request an opportunity from Arizona to talk to him about an extension, a source confirmed because they preferred to use the upcoming season to let both sides get to know each other. The team will sell Goldschmidt on the city because it also considers a commitment to him in his late 30’s and determines if he is a long-term fit. Cardinal ownership has stressed this winter that it preferred to acquire a strong hit for the middle of the order through trade and try to negotiate a long-term deal that Cardinals did with Scott Rolen, Jim Edmonds and Matt Holliday, but not Jason Heyward.
Goldschmid’s acquisition intensifies Cardinals’ 2019 significance, which will have Marcell Ozuna, Michael Wacha and Miles Mikola’s all potential free agents in November. There is a law option for 2020 on Matt Carpenters contract, giving the team a lot of flexibility after the upcoming season and possibly more holes to fill this time next year.
The discussions began with Arizona one month ago at the General Managers’ Meetings, and the Cardinals went into the week to speed up the negotiations before next week’s winter meeting in Las Vegas, sources said. Having Goldschmidt in place with his $ 14.5 million pay for the season now gives Cardinals payroll elasticity and a chance to drive an elite (and expensive) left-handed bullet reliever. The team has had discussions with the agent of Zach Britton, who has completed experience, and they have investigated the cost of Andrew Miller, a radiant left who has skinned in October. They will also seek a lefthanded-hitting utility player for the bench. Kellys trade leaves them in need of a backup and can lead to a reunion with Francisco Pena.
The arrival of Goldschmidt changes the cardinals to the periphery of the Bryce Harper competitions and looks as it evolves. Harper is looking for a record contract that can exceed $ 330 million. The cardinals would have to make the next move to create an opening for Harper, something they had discussed before they aimed Goldschmidt.
6-foot-3 Goldschmidt is widely rewarded in the game as one of the finest all-round players first base and, as multiple players are textured for the forwarding on Wednesday, a first-class teammate.
“He’s really a humble superstar,” said the former cardinal informs Daniel Descalso, who played this season in Arizona next to Goldschmidt. “The guy is doing well on the baseball field. So good for a player I’ve played with. Even better person outside the field.”
Goldschmidt finished sixth in the National League MVP prize award this past season and won his second in succession Silver Slugs in the same position Joey Votto, Carpenter and Anthony Rizzo played. He has had a top three goal in the MVP vote three times in the last six seasons, and he was double the winner for the prize. Righthanded-Hitting All-Star has four consecutive seasons of at least 24 home runs and at least 80 RBI. His career OPS is .930, and in the last six seasons he had only once had an OPS lower than .900.
He has four Silver Slugger Awards and three Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, and he is the only player in the National League to be an All Star in each of the last six seasons. Since 2013, Goldschmidt’s .947 OPS ranked second in majors behind only Mike Trout’s 1000th. His .541 slugging percentage since 2013 is the highest of any National League player. And he is in the National League Central Ballparks with a .578 slugging percent and a 1,011 OPS in 22 games at Wrigley Field and a 1,307 OPS in 23 games at Milwaukee Miller Park.
With the exception of Kelly, earmarked to be Yadier Molina’s backup, the cardinals completed the deal without taking from its planned 2019 list. Weaver would have helped the bullpen or started the year as insurance for rotation at Class AAA Memphis. Young, 24, reached Class AA this season with a .289 average and 21 homers in total.
In the last several winters, the cardinals have sought a scary presence for the middle of their orders and one year ago they acquired Ozuna to be that animal when heated. Axelproblem contributed to its weak season and sent Cardinals shopping again. Goldschmidt represents the “all-around upgrade” of the requested cardinals and a face of the franchise that Arizona had to trade. Stewart’s time as GM finished a few years ago, and Diamondback’s fade in the positions during this season led the team to reduce pay and look towards the future.
It gave the cardinal the daylight for a transformation business.
“I could not be happier about the trade,” said Carpenter, who will move to the third base. “When you get a Paul Paul player, it immediately makes everyone around him better.”