Say it ain’t so! The Arizona Diamondbacks traded first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, one of the team’s most popular players, to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.
Goldschmidt, 31, is entering the final year of his contract. He recovered from a slow start last season to hit .290 with 33 home runs. For his career, he’s hit .297 with 209 home runs.
In exchange for the all-star, the Diamondbacks receive catcher Carson Kelly, right-handed-pitcher Luke Weaver, infielder Andy Young and the club’s Compensation Round B selection in the 2019 MLB Draft.
This is further indication that the Diamondbacks intend to rebuild the team. Arizona saw Patrick Corbin leave for the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, and the team stands to lose A.J. Pollock to the highest bidder in the coming ways. The Diamondbacks are also expected to try moving Zack Greinke before the winter is out.
Paul Goldschmidt is a six-time MLB All-Star. He has won the National League (NL) Hank Aaron Award, Gold Glove Award, and Silver Slugger Award. He has also twice finished runner-up for the NL Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award (MVP, in 2013 and 2015).