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All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has been traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, infielder Andrew Young, and a 2019 Competitive Balance Round B draft pick. 


The Cardinals get themselves a bonafide superstar in Goldschmidt, who has made the All-Star team in six straight seasons, in addition to winning four Silver Slugger Awards and three Gold Glove Awards. 

Last season, Goldy finished with a .290 batting average, 33 home runs, 83 RBI, and a .389 on-base percentage.

The Cardinals have made a history of acquiring big-name players in the past like Mark McGuire, Scott Rolen, Jim Edmonds, Matt Holliday, and Marcell Ozuna just last offseason. Goldy is just the most recent name in a string of great players.

From a fantasy perspective, Goldschmidt joins a potent Cardinals lineup that already includes Ozuna, Matt Carpenter, Paul DeJong, Jedd Gyorko, Dexter Fowler, and future Hall of Famer Yadier Molina. This will likely give him a higher propensity for scoring runs and even more RBI opportunities, but the move to Busch Stadium could hurt his ability to hit homers -- Busch ranked as the sixth-worst ballpark in home run factor last season. Not to mention, Goldschmidt will be dealing with colder weather in the first couple of months as well as the last month of the season.

All in all, it's hard to downgrade Goldschmidt too much. Of course, there could be some growing pains moving to another city, but he's been a total professional throughout his seven MLB seasons, making him a likely first-round pick again this upcoming season.

Weaver should slot into Patrick Corbin's spot in the Diamondbacks rotation, after Corbin's recent signing with the Washington Nationals. Kelly will likely split time behind the plate with veteran Alex Avila. Weaver has fantasy appeal as a mid-round pick with upside pitching in the NL West while Young, a former top prospect, could end up being the real prize here.

The change of scenery for Goldschmidt and Weaver could ultimately be positive for both of them heading into the 2019 MLB season.


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