Diamondbacks Trade Star Slugger Paul Goldschmidt to Cardinals

First baseman Paul Goldschmidt has been an NL All Star six years running.	 David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

First baseman Paul Goldschmidt has been an NL All Star six years running. David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

He joined our Chris Hrabe after the trade announcement, Wednesday and gave Goldschmidt just about the best compliment you can give a player (especially if you're about to be a St. Louis Cardinals first baseman).

The Cardinals were able to acquire Goldschmidt without much disruption to their major league roster, shipping right-hander Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, minor league infielder Andy Young and a competitive balance round draft pick to Arizona. He has spent the last eight seasons with the D-Backs after making his debut in August of 2011. Rather than settle for a trade-deadline rental package, Arizona opted to move Goldschmidt now for a more considerable return. Goldschmidt was the indisputable face of the D-backs franchise, and at 31 years old, had plenty left in the tank.

Why the Cardinals did it: The Cardinals have been looking to add a superstar-caliber player for a few seasons now and finally got one in Goldschmidt, a six-time All-Star who finished sixth in the MVP voting this past season.

It's rebuild mode for Arizona.

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