The St. Louis Cardinals have missed the playoffs for the past three years. They made a huge splash by acquiring first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks for right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, infielder Andy Young, and a 2019 Competitive Balance Round B Draft Pick.
Goldschmidt is 31 years old. He had a .290 batting average with 33 home runs and 83 RBI’s, along with seven stolen bases last season. His on-base percentage was .389. Paul Goldschmidt only has one more year left on his contract and he will be owed $14.5 million in 2019.
As for the players Arizona got, Weaver’s record last season was 7-11 with a 4.95 ERA. In 136.1 innings pitched, he gave up 150 hits and 83 runs. Luke Weaver walked 54 batters and struck out 121. He is only 25 years old.
Kelly only played in 19 games in the MLB last season. His batting average was .114 with three RBI’s. Carson Kelly’s on-base percentage was .205. He played in 83 games in Triple-A with the Memphis Redbirds last season. His batting average was .269 with seven home runs and 41 RBI’s. Kelly’s on-base percentage was .378. He is 24 years old.
Young will report to Triple-A (Reno Aces). In the minors last season, his batting average was .289 with 21 home runs and 58 RBI’s, along with four stolen bases. Andy Young’s on-base percentage was .379. He is 24 years old.
This was a good trade for both teams. The St. Louis Cardinals got a bat they desperately need in the lineup. The Arizona Diamondbacks got back players that could help them in the near future and they didn’t lose Goldschmidt for nothing.