On Wednesday afternoon, the St. Louis Cardinals landed one of the biggest names this off-season when they acquired Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks. In return, the Diamondbacks receive right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly and infielder Andy Young.
The acquisition is easily one of the biggest of the off-season, to go along with the Washington Nationals landing star pitcher Patrick Corbin from the Diamondbacks earlier this week.
With the trade, the Cardinals are reportedly out of the running to land Bryce Harper. That’s according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, who suggests the Cardinals now want to focus on improving their bullpen.
#STLCards offseason priorities now shift to improving their bullpen and adding a left-handed bench player. They still have substantial financial flexibility, but I'm told Bryce Harper is not a target.
— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) December 5, 2018
Harper remains one of the top free agents on the market alongside Manny Machado. The rumored front-runners to land Harper include the Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals – again.
Can the Nationals keep their star? The addition of Patrick Corbin to an already lethal pitching staff can’t hurt.