Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Wednesday's major league notebook: Cards get Goldschmidt from Diamondbacks

Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt steps in to bat. | AP Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt steps in to bat. | AP
Kristopher Love | 08 December, 2018, 01:58

Paul Goldschmidt's exit Wednesday from the Arizona Diamondbacks may open the door for two hot-hitting infielders who held down the corners most of last season for the Reno Aces, Christian Walker and Kevin Cron.

The St. Louis Cardinals took a big swing with the trade for Arizona Diamondbacks star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, but in a division as tight as the NL Central, it could vault the team back into contention after three straight years out of the playoffs.

A six-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove victor at 31, Goldschmidt was among the top players available in the trade market. Goldschmidt is set to earn $14.5 million in 2019, the final year of his contract.

As for Arizona, Weaver is the major piece going back to the desert.

Since 2013, Goldschmidt ranks second among National Leaguers in home runs (181), RBIs (602), hits (996), runs (599), walks (575) and extra-base hits (413). "We understand that. We've understood that for a long time".

"Certainly this is a bittersweet decision on our part", Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen said on a conference call. Greinke finished last season with a 15-11 record in 33 starts with a 3.21 ERA.

It's rebuild mode for Arizona.