Diamondbacks Trade All-Star First Baseman Paul Goldschmidt to Cardinals

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The Cardinals will introduce Goldschmidt at a news conference Friday in St. Louis.

The trade: St. Louis Cardinals acquire 1B Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks for right-handed starting pitcher Luke Weaver, C Carson Kelly, infielder Andy Young and a Round B compensation pick in the 2019 draft. His resume includes six All-Star Games, three Gold Gloves and four Silver Slugger awards. 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.

Last season, Kelly played 19 games with the Cardinals, hitting.114 with three RBI.

As for Arizona, Weaver is the major piece going back to the desert.

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If he doesn't reach a deal with the Cards, Goldschmidt, 31, will be a free agent at the end of the 2019 season. has been one of the top players in baseball since the Dbacks selected him in the eighth round of the 2009 amateur draft.

Since 2013, Goldschmidt ranks second among National Leaguers in home runs (181), RBIs (602), hits (996), runs (599), walks (575) and extra-base hits (413). He has spent the last eight seasons with the D-Backs after making his debut in August of 2011.

It's rebuild mode for Arizona.

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