The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired slugger Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks in trade for right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly and infielder Andy Younger, the groups introduced Wednesday.

The Diamondbacks additionally obtain a 2019 Aggressive Stability Spherical B draft decide from the Cardinals.

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Goldschmidt, an All-Star choice for the previous six seasons, is heading into his remaining season of membership management and receives a $1 million task bonus for the trade. He stands to earn $14.5 million in 2019 earlier than reaching free company subsequent winter.

The 31-year-old first baseman, who has completed second or third in Nationwide League MVP voting thrice, had a .290 batting common with 33 residence runs, 83 RBIs, 35 doubles and 90 walks final season. His .922 OPS ranked third within the NL and his .934 OPS since 2012 is second highest within the NL behind Cincinnati’s Joey Votto throughout that span.

MLB Rank
OBP .400 third
RBI 684 third
HR 201 sixth
>>2012: Goldschmidt’s first full MLB season

Thought of the face of the franchise, Goldschmidt was a constant performer each on the plate and within the subject throughout his eight seasons with the Diamondbacks, profitable 4 Silver Slugger Awards and three Gold Gloves.

It should not take him lengthy to endear himself to Cardinals followers. Over his profession, Goldschmidt has a 1.170 OPS in 43 video games in opposition to the rival Chicago Cubs.

St. Louis has missed the playoffs for 3 straight years, its longest absence since 1997-99. The Cardinals believed they wanted a lift in the midst of their lineup to compete with the Milwaukee Brewers and the Cubs within the NL Central.

Goldschmidt has had 4 seasons with at the very least 33 residence runs and has 209 general. He additionally has a .297 profession batting common with 710 RBIs, and he ranks second solely to Luis Gonzalez in franchise historical past in all three classes.

The 25-year-old Weaver, who was the 27th general decide within the 2014 MLB draft, went 7-11 with a four.95 ERA and 121 strikeouts in 25 begins for the Cardinals final season. General, he has a four.79 ERA in 233 profession innings pitched and was the Cardinals’ minor league pitcher of the yr in 2016.

Kelly, who hit .114 with three RBIs in restricted motion with the Cardinals in 2018, was ranked as one of many workforce’s prime prospects.

Younger completed fifth within the 2018 Arizona Fall League with a .936 OPS.

ESPN Stats & Data and The Related Press contributed to this report.

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