D-backs’ trade haul for Goldschmidt dinged for lack of star power

Dec 5, 2018, 4:30 PM | Updated: 4:46 pm
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Luke Weaver throws during the first inning of the team's baseb...
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Luke Weaver throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, July 27, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

America’s First Baseman is no longer Arizona’s first baseman. Paul Goldschmidt was traded by the Diamondbacks to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday in exchange for three players and a competitive balance round B draft pick.

Pitcher Luke Weaver, catch Carson Kelly and infielder prospect Andy Young will join the D-backs from the Cardinals.

None of those three players were on St. Louis’ list of top-30 prospects, per Weaver and Kelly were no longer eligible for it because of their recent MLB experience.

Weaver is a 25-year-old starting pitcher who posted a 7-11 record and 4.95 ERA last year, a dropoff from his production in 2017 when he started 10 games and went 7-2 with a 3.88 ERA.

Kelly hasn’t been able to provide much on offense in the majors but could fill a need after Arizona lost veteran Jeff Mathis in free agency.

Young is viewed as an up-and-comer. He excelled in the Arizona Fall League this year with his power and combined with a relatively high draft pick sweetens the Goldschmidt trade as a whole. Could the D-backs have gotten more for Goldschmidt, who will help the Cardinals contend but will land them with the risk that he leaves them as a free agent next summer?

Maybe, maybe not.

Here’s a collection of opinions about what Arizona received in exchange for their former franchise first baseman.

FanGraphs believes the D-backs did well for themselves.

On the other hand, the Diamondbacks got two major league-ready starters, another decent prospect, and added another top-100 pick to their potential haul next season, where they will have eight picks in the top 100 so long as they don’t bring back A.J. Pollock. It has to hurt to see Paul Goldschmidt go, but this trade should accelerate the team’s window for contention even if they don’t go for it this year.

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