Louis Cardinals land superstar slugger they needed in trade for Paul Goldschmidt

Paul Goldschmidt

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Paul Goldschmidt, one of the top first basemen in all of baseball, was just traded.

A six-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove victor at 31, Goldschmidt was among the top players available in the trade market. The quiet slugger was selected by Arizona in the eighth round of the 2009 draft and made his major league debut in 2011.

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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). In his eight-year career, the right-handed hitter has batted.270/.387/.479 with eight home runs in 44 games against them. This is strictly a rental for the Cardinals, but the two sides could work out a contract extension before he reaches free agency following the 2019 season. And there was obvious concern about the D-backs' ability to sign him beyond this season. After going 7-2 with a 3.88 ERA, Weaver followed that up with a record of 7-11 and an ERA of 4.95.

Hazen said it's premature to say Arizona is in a full-scale rebuilding mode, noting the team still has plenty of talented players. The team might be looking to make another splash this winter after missing the playoffs for the past three seasons.

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