St. Louis strikes gold, gets Gold­schmidt from D-Backs

Ari­zona gets 3 play­ers, pick in block­buster

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PHOENIX — The St. Louis Car­di­nals struck gold in their search for a big hit­ter, ac­quir­ing slug­ging first base­man Paul Gold­schmidt in a block­buster trade with the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs on Wed­nes­day.

Ea­ger to push for the play­offs af­ter a three-year ab­sence, St. Louis sent pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Car­son Kelly, mi­nor league in­fielder Andy Young and a 2019 draft pick to Ari­zona.

A six-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove win­ner 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.

“We’ve been busy this off­sea­son work­ing to up­grade our lineup, and to­day we are ex­cited to an­nounce the ac­qui­si­tion of one of the game’s pre­mier play­ers,” Car­di­nals Pres­i­dent of Base­ball Op­er­a­tions John Mozeliak said in a state­ment.

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 have a his­tory of ac­quir­ing top hit­ters and then sign­ing them to

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