How Cardinals Trade for Paul Goldschmidt Impacts NL Central Race
Sports Illustrated breaks down how the trade for Arizona Diamondbacks slugger remakes St. Louis.
Arizona’s loss could also spell defeat for Milwaukee and Chicago.
The St. Louis Cardinals took a big swing with the trade for Arizona Diamondbacks star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, but in a division as tight as the NL Central, it could vault the team back into contention after three straight years out of the playoffs.
And none of the players traded away — a package headlined by pitcher Luke Weaver — were essential to the Cards going into the 2019 season. Especially when the deal brought in a six-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger, three-time Gold Glove, two-time runner-up for MVP.
“The Cardinals have picked up a potentially transformative talent for 2019. In a division that seems likely to be separated by just a handful of games, a player who’s perennially worth four or five wins can make the difference—and then some,” writes Sports Illustrated. “That doesn’t even touch the value added to the team in flexibility; Matt Carpenter can now move to third base, and Jose Martinez can likely be used as a trade chip.”
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