Paul Goldschmidt Trade: Cardinals Acquire All-Star in Blockbuster Deal

Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has been traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly and infielder Andy Young, as well as a 2019 Competitive Balance Round B draft pick, both teams confirmed on Wednesday.

Goldschmidt is in the final season of his current contract and will receive a $1 million assignment bonus for the trade. He will earn an annual salary of $14.5 million in 2019 before entering free agency next winter.

The 31-year-old has made six consecutive All-Star appearances and finished second or third in National League MVP voting three times. Goldschmidt hit for a .290 batting average with 33 home runs, 83 RBIs, 35 doubles and 90 walks in 2018, which included a .922 OPS, ranking third in the NL and a .934 OPS, which was the second-highest among NL batters since 2012.

The first baseman enjoyed a decorated career as the Diamondbacks' franchise player which included winning four Silver Slugger Awards and three Gold Gloves during an eight-year span.

Goldschmidt has had four seasons with 33-plus home runs, as well as a career total of 209. He also has a career .297 batting average with 710 RBIs, ranking second in Diamondbacks franchise history behind only Luis Gonzalez in each category.

Additionally, Goldschmidt has also been particularly good against his new team's biggest rival, the Chicago Cubs, with a 1.170 OPS in 43 games.

St. Louis looks to end a three-year playoff drough, its longest since 1999. The Cardinals finished behind the first-place Milwaukee Brewers and second-place Cubs, who played in the Wild Card game, in the NL Central last season.

Weaver, who was the No. 27 overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, went 7-11 with a 4.95 ERA and 121 strikeouts during 25 starts for St. Louis in 2018. He currently has a 4.79 ERA in 233 career innings pitched and was named the Cardinals' minor league pitcher of the year in 2016.

Kelly hit for a .114 average and 3 RBIs during limited action for St. Louis last season and ranked as one of the franchise's top prospects prior to the trade.

Young ranked fifth among Arizona Fall League batters with a .936 OPS in 2018.

Arizona is now in rebuilding mode after losing ace pitcher Patrick Corbin to the Washington Nationals through free agency on Tuesday. The Diamondbacks are also expected to lose A.J. Pollock and could also move Zack Greinke this offseason.

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