Cardinals strike gold, get Goldschmidt from Diamondbacks


To acquire Goldschmidt, the Cardinals had to give up catcher Carson Kelly, right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver, minor league infielder Andy Young, and the Cardinals Compensation Round B selection in the 2019 Major League Baseball amateur draft.

Goldschmidt is a six-time All-Star, a four-time Silver Slugger and a three-time Gold Glove victor. To wit, he recovered from a slow start last season to hit.290/.389/.533 (139 OPS+) with 33 home runs. The New York Times wrote that Goldschmidt was at a 2005 NLCS game in a series that the Astros would eventually win, coincidentally over the Cardinals, sending Houston to the World Series.

"So Cardinals fans are lucky to be getting a superstar like Goldy".

Despite an very bad start to last season, he bounced back to once again become a powerful force.

Goldschmidt will be a free agent at the end of the season.

Weaver is a skinny right-hander who started 25 times last season and ended up with a 78 ERA+ and a 2.24 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Of course, a trade came to fruition with St. Louis.

The DeLand native spent three years with FSU, from 2012-14 and dominated, going 16-6 with a 3.04 ERA, striking out 244 compared to walking just 63. He is highly regarded for his defensive ability.

Free agency had already cost the Diamondbacks, who made the playoffs and beat Colorado in the NL Wild Card game a year ago before being swept by the Dodgers. Arizona saw Patrick Corbin leave for the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, and stands to lose A.J. Pollock to the highest bidder in the coming days.

It's rebuild mode for Arizona. Stottlemyre's father, Mel, was a Yankees pitcher and pitching coach.