Arizona Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt watches his single off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Anderson during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to the St. Louis Cardinals.
In return for Goldschmidt, the D-backs receive prospects catcher Carson Kelly, right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver, infielder Andrew Young and a 2019 competitive balance round B draft pick.
Kelly, 24, has a career .154 batting average in 131 plate appearances over three years with the Cardinals. He is ranked by Baseball America as baseball’s third-best catching prospect.
In 25 starts for the Cardinals last season, Weaver had a 4.95 ERA. He was a first-round pick by the Cardinals in 2014 and the team’s Minor League Player of the Year in 2016.
Young hit .319 in 35 games for Double-A Springfield in 2018.
Goldschmidt has one year left on his deal worth $14.5 million. With the belief that the D-backs would not be able to re-sign Goldschmidt to a contract extension, the 31-year-old was linked to trade talks this offseason.
Arizona lost starting pitcher Patrick Corbin in free agency after he signed a six-year, $140 million deal with the Washington Nationals. Outfielder A.J. Pollock is also an unrestricted free agent and Zack Greinke has also been in trade reports, with USA Today’s Bob Nightengale saying he would be stunned if the D-backs did not deal Greinke.
With more than 1,000 games played, Goldschmidt is a .297 career hitter with 209 home runs and 710 RBI. Last season, the three-time Silver Slugger Award winner hit .290 with a .922 OPS, 33 home runs, 83 RBI and 95 runs scored. He has never hit lower than .286 for a full season.
Goldschmidt is widely seen as one of the D-backs’ greatest players of all time. He has made six straight All-Star teams since 2013, won three Gold Gloves and has finished in the top-3 of MVP voting on three separate occasions.
Goldschmidt is the franchise leader in walks, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS. He’s second all-time in franchise history for runs, hits, doubles, homers and RBI.