Cardinals acquire Paul Goldschmidt from Diamondbacks

First baseman Paul Goldschmidt has been an NL All Star six years running.	 David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Paul Goldschmidt, one of the top first basemen in all of baseball, was just traded.

Three teams were considered to be in "serious discussions" with the D-backs to acquire Paul Goldschmidt, according to 98.7 FM Arizona's Sports Station's John Gambadoro, who said the teams were the St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays.

A six-time All-Star at 31, Goldschmidt was among the top players available in the trade market.

This past season with Arizona he batted.290 with 33 home runs and 83 RBI.

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St. Louis went 88-74 last season and felt it needed a boost in the middle of a lineup that includes Matt Carpenter, Marcell Ozuna and Yadier Molina to compete with the likes of Milwaukee and the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.

As for Arizona, Weaver is the major piece going back to the desert.

In 2013, Goldschmidt hit 36 home runs and drove in 125. Goldschmidt debut with the Diamondbacks on August 1, 2011, it has been a great run with Goldie in a Dbacks uniform. He recorded a 4.95 ERA in 136.1 innings over 30 appearances (including 25 starts) with St. Louis in 2018, but had been better the year before with a 3.88 ERA in 60.1 innings. Kelly has six years before being eligible for arbitration and Weaver has five. The team might be looking to make another splash this winter after missing the playoffs for the past three seasons.

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