3:59pm: Fancred’s Jon Heyman tweets that the Cardinals “will be getting” Goldschmidt in a trade with the D-backs.
3:57pm: There is “momentum” in talks between the Cardinals and Diamondbacks centering around first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Twitter link). John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM tweeted shortly prior to Goold that the two sides “could be closing in on a deal.”
Goold wrote earlier today that the Cardinals have indicated that they want to determine if there’s any momentum in any of their ongoing trade talks this week, heading into the Winter Meetings, noting that those talks included ongoing negotiations with the Diamondbacks regarding their first baseman and perennial MVP candidate.
Goldschmidt, 31, is heading into his final season of club control and stands to earn $14.5MM next season before reaching free agency next winter. The six-time All-Star rebounded from an awful start to the 2018 campaign to finish with a brilliant .290/.389/.533 line through 690 plate appearances.
The Cardinals have been well-known to be in the hunt for a middle-of-the-order bat for a second consecutive offseason, with a reported focus on corner infielders. The addition of Goldschmidt would presumably push Matt Carpenter to third base, with Paul DeJong and Kolten Wong currently lined up to hand shortstop and second base duties.
More to come.