It's hard to find a more perfect fit than Paul Goldschmidt to the St. Louis Cardinals in the final year prior to his free agency.
And though we've heard that Goldschmidt and the Cardinals won't get an exclusive window to negotiate an extension if this deal is complete, that shouldn't be a roadblock. This makes too much sense, and the high-OBP, steady-as-they-come first baseman is on his way to the STL.
There is momentum in talks with #dbacks and a Goldschmidt trade. #stlcards have been heavily in pursuit and wanting to push the pace on a deal, according to a source. Will Update. #cardinals https://t.co/KZyE0jit6C— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) December 5, 2018
Nelly tried to recruit Bryce Harper a few days back, which might get a lot easier with Goldschmidt in place.
Stlcards will be getting Goldy— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 5, 2018
Giving the Cardinals a power and consistency presence they haven't had at the position since the days of Albert Pujols, you'd have to consider this a major step forward in St. Louis' push to catch the Cubbies and Brewers at the top of the division.
The trade is now official, as the D-Backs have announced the haul they'll be getting from St. Louis.
Welcome to Arizona! The #Dbacks have acquired right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, infielder Andrew Young and a 2019 Competitive Balance Round B draft pick from the Cardinals in exchange for Paul Goldschmidt. pic.twitter.com/ylANMvt8kU— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) December 5, 2018
A six-time consecutive All-Star, you can lock Goldschmidt in for .290, 30 homers, 100 RBI, and a .400 OBP annually.
This is your future Greatest Cardinal.