TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - In what could be a sign of rebuilding seasons ahead, the Diamondbacks traded first baseman Paul Goldschmidt on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
Arizona sent Goldy to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for catcher Carson Kelly, pitcher Luke Weaver and infielder Andrew Young.
The Diamondbacks also got a 2019 Competitive Balance Round B pick.
“We’ve been busy this offseason working to upgrade our lineup, and today we are excited to announce the acquisition of one of the game’s premier players in first baseman Paul Goldschmidt,” Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak told MLB.com.
The 31-year-old Goldy has been an All-Star each of the last six seasons, the only player in the National League player able to make that claim. He hit .290 with 33 homers and 83 RBIs last season.
Weaver, a right hander, is 15-17 with a 4.79 ERA in three seasons in St. Louis.
He was on the mound pitching against the Diamondbacks back in April when tempers flared between Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.
Lovullo was upset with two strike out calls given to Weaver by home plate umpire Tim Timmons. He was subsequently ejected from the game when he came out of the dugout to argue.
Molina became angered when Lovullo referenced him during the argument using a derogatory term, one that Lovullo admitted after the game was a “poor choice” of words and wished he could take back.
Kelly has hit .154 in three seasons with the Cardinals. He has played in 63 games over his career.