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Diamondbacks Trade Paul Goldschmidt To Cardinals

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    Diamondbacks trade Paul Goldschmidt to Cardinals

    The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly and infielder Andy Young, the teams announced Wednesday.

    The Diamondbacks also receive a 2019 Competitive Balance Round B draft pick from the Cardinals.

    The 31-year-old Goldschmidt, an All-Star each of the past six seasons, had a .290 batting average with 33 home runs, 83 RBIs, 35 doubles and 90 walks last season. His .922 OPS ranked third in the National League and his .934 OPS since 2012 is second highest in the NL behind Cincinnati's Joey Votto during that span.

    Goldschmidt, who has finished second or third in NL MVP voting three times, is heading into his final season of club control and receives a $1 million assignment bonus for the trade. He stands to earn $14.5 million in 2019 before reaching free agency next winter.

    Considered the face of the franchise, Goldschmidt was a consistent performer both at the plate and in the field during his eight seasons with the Diamondbacks, winning four Silver Slugger Awards and three Gold Gloves.

    Goldschmidt has had four seasons with at least 33 home runs and has 209 overall. He also has a .297 career batting average with 710 RBIs, and he ranks second only to Luis Gonzalez in franchise history in all three categories.

    The 25-year-old Weaver, who was the 27th overall pick in the 2014 MLB draft, went 7-11 with a 4.95 ERA and 121 strikeouts in 25 starts for the Cardinals last season. Overall, he has a 4.79 ERA in 233 career innings pitched and was the Cardinals' minor league pitcher of the year in 2016.

    Kelly, who has a .154 batting average in limited action over parts of three seasons, is highly regarded for his defensive ability and was ranked as one of the Cardinals' top prospects.

    Young, who hit a combined .289 in Double-A and high-A, finished fifth in the 2018 Arizona Fall League with a .936 OPS.

    The draft choice that Arizona got will come after the second round, likely a pick somewhere in the high 70s or low 80s.