St Louis Cardinals Strike Gold ... schmidt
Here's the irony of this blockbuster trade:
Now, funnily enough, dude's a Cardinal because they outbid Jeff Luhnow and the Houston Astros.
Seems like Luhnow finally won the argument, and Cardinal Nation's fine with that.
They just mighta found someone.
Ring it up as the product of a deep farm system.
Welcome to Arizona! The #Dbacks have acquired right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, infielder Andrew Young and a 2019 Competitive Balance Round B draft pick from the Cardinals in exchange for Paul Goldschmidt. pic.twitter.com/ylANMvt8kU— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) December 5, 2018
After a slow start in 2018, Goldschmidt rebounded to post the same sorta numbers he's had since he hit his stride in the show:
That's bringing some serious impact to the NL Central.
Dude's gold glove will also shore up a defense that was the National League's worst, a glaring embarrassment to a club that's accustomed to taking pride in its leatherwork.
That's the added bonus Goldschmidt brings to this deal.
Now, it's up to the Cardinals to add to his contract. They've got a history of doing just that. Both Mark McGwire and Matt Holliday arrived with a year left on their deals and wound up staying much longer.
Right now, the trade's impact is still sinking in:
It's why they're still looking to lay out serious dosh for a southpaw reliever and consider themselves a frontrunner for Bryce Harper.
**MLB RUMOR**— IB 💵 🔌 (@incarceratedbob) December 3, 2018
Source: Yankees/Cardinals/Phillies all three teams had discussions over L48 hours with Bryce Harper's reps (Boras & Associates) Yankees interest is reportedly taking it's lead from ownership
Harper's represented by super-agent Scott Boras, and his big names usually don't ink deals before mid-January at the earliest.
Whether or not they land Harper, the Cardinals have already shaken up the power structure in the NL's strongest division.