The Paul Goldschmidt era is officially over in Arizona, as the Diamondbacks shipped him to the St. Louis Cardinals for a package that includes pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly and infielder Andy Young, as well as a 2019 Round B draft pick, as reported by Jon Heyman. Goldschmidt, who has played in Arizona for his entire career, is a six-time all-star and widely regarded as one of the best first baseman in baseball. He batted .290 with 33 home runs and 83 RBI's in what is considered a down year for him, but he's batted at least .290 in each of the past six years, proving his consistency. The Diamondbacks have let many of their veterans walk in free agency after a disappointing end to their 2018 season, and with this trade it seems like a rebuild is in full-swing in the desert.
The Cardinals narrowly missed the playoffs in the 2018 season, but adding Goldschmidt to this team proves that they are still looking to be competitive in a loaded National League Central division, where the Brewers and Cubs dominated last year. However, Goldschmidt is in the final year of his contract and is slated to only make $14.5 million this year, so it's no shock that he'll be looking to get paid next off-season. For next year, plugging Goldy at first base gives the Cards a stacked infield of Goldschmidt, Kolten Wong, Paul DeJong, and Matt Carpenter, who was in the MVP race last year. It has been reported that the Cardinals are looking to trade Dexter Fowler to free up an outfield spot in an attempt to sign Bryce Harper, but nothing has came to fruition there.
As far as the Diamondbacks go, I would say they got a pretty good return since Goldschmidt only had one year left on his contract. Luke Weaver didn't have the greatest 2018, as he went 7-11 with a 4.95 ERA, but he is only 25 and will be a mainstay in the D-Backs rotation and has the potential to be an ace later in his career. Adding him to a rotation with Zack Grienke, Robbie Ray and Taijuan Walker could be dangerous for opposing batters in 2019, and Weaver is under team control until 2024. Carson Kelly looks like he will be the upgrade that Arizona needed at catcher and should be their opening day starter at just 24 years old. He hasn't shown much in the little time he's been in the pros, but many believed he was eventually going to replace Yadier Molina, which says a lot about his potential. Andy Young has spent a lot of time between Single and Double A over the past two years, but he is still raw and has shown to hit for average, so he could be called up in the future at second base. I believe that this was a win-win trade; both teams needed to make moves that would solidify the current state of each team, and both teams benefit from it.