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Diamondbacks discussed extension with Paul Goldschmidt last spring

Diamondbacks discussed extension with Paul Goldschmidt last spring

It's hard to find a more flawless fit than Paul Goldschmidt to the St. Louis Cardinals in the final year prior to his free agency.

The Cardinals sent catcher Carson Kelly, right-hander Luke Weaver, minor league infielder Andy Young and the Cardinals' Compensation Round B selection in the 2019 Major League Baseball amateur draft to Arizona.

Goldschmidt, 31, has been a National League All-Star each of the past six seasons and he's a four-time (2013, 2015, 2017, 2018) NL Silver Slugger award victor and three-time (2013, 2015, 2017) Rawlings Gold Glove award recipient.

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Starting pitcher Zack Greinke ($31.5 million) and outfielder Yasmany Tomas ($15.5 million) both have hefty contracts for next season while starting pitcher Patrick Corbin reportedly agreed to a deal with the Washington Nationals and outfielder A.J. Pollock remains a free agent.

In 2018, Goldschmidt hit.290 with 83 RBI and 33 home runs. Nightengale also revealed the Cardinals might be willing to trade for Goldschmidt without him signing a long-term contract with the team prior to his arrival. Young, who split his time past year between the Advanced-A Palm Beach Cardinals and Double-A Springfield Cardinals, hit.289 with 58 RBI and 21 homers.