Gold­schmidt sent to St. Louis by Ari­zona

The Star Democrat - - SPORTS -

PHOENIX (AP) — The St. Louis Car­di­nals have struck gold in their search for a big hit­ter, get­ting All-Star first base­man Paul Gold­schmidt from the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs in a mul­ti­player trade.

The Car­di­nals sent pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Car­son Kelly, mi­nor league in­fielder Andy Young and a 2019 draft pick to Ari­zona in the deal Wed­nes­day.

A six-time All-Star at 31, Gold­schmidt was among the top play­ers avail­able in the trade mar­ket. He hit .290 with 33 home runs and 83 RBIs last sea­son and has of­ten fin­ished high in the NL MVP vot­ing.

St. Louis has missed the play­offs for three straight years, its long­est ab­sence since 1997-99. Gold­schmidt has a $14.5 mil­lion salary next year, re­ceives a $1 mil­lion as­sign­ment bonus for the trade and will be el­i­gi­ble for free agency af­ter next sea­son. The Car­di­nals be­lieved they needed a boost in the mid­dle of their lineup to com­pete with the likes of Mil­wau­kee and the Cubs in the NL Cen­tral.

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