Cardinals acquire slugging first baseman Goldschmidt in blockbuster trade with Diamondbacks

Cardinals acquire slugging first baseman Goldschmidt in blockbuster trade with Diamondbacks

Cardinals acquire slugging first baseman Goldschmidt in blockbuster trade with Diamondbacks

"We've been busy this offseason working to upgrade our lineup", said John Mozeliak, the club's president of baseball operations, "and today we are excited to announce the acquisition of one of the game's premier players in first baseman Paul Goldschmidt".

The St. Louis Cardinals took a big swing with the trade for Arizona Diamondbacks star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, but in a division as tight as the NL Central, it could vault the team back into contention after three straight years out of the playoffs.

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Enter Goldschmidt. Entering his final season before free agency, he'll be playing his age-31 season in 2019, but remains an excellent all-around player.

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In 2013, Goldschmidt hit 36 home runs and drove in 125. He has spent the last eight seasons with the D-Backs after making his debut in August of 2011. The Washington Nationals signed Patrick Corbin to a six-year 140 million dollar contract. This past season, he hit.290/.389/.533 with 33 home runs and 83 RBI in 690 plate appearances while playing above-average defense.

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