John Mozeliak explains why the Cardinals were interested in Paul Goldschmidt
The St. Louis Cardinals got their man on Wednesday when they were able to land Paul Goldschmidt in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Friday morning, the team introduced their new slugging first baseman during a news conference at Busch Stadium.
“We’re so close to the playoffs we felt like an additional impact player could put us over the top. Fortunately, Mo and his staff have been able to accomplish that with the acquisition of Paul Goldschmidt,” team owner and chairman Bill DeWitt said.
It was a deal the Cardinals front office put together by “nagging” Arizona’s general manager “every day,” President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak said.
“We’ve been thinking about how to improve this club since late September,” Mozeliak said. “We realized the importance of 2019. We looked at all the different options ... we really felt that Paul checked so many boxes for us that he made sense.”
Goldschmidt-to-St. Louis had been a popular rumor since the World Series ended. Ultimately, the Cardinals were able to land the six-time all-star in a deal without giving up any of their top prospects — or as Deadspin put it, “for peanuts.” St. Louis sent Luke Weaver, Carson Kelly, minor leaguer Andy Young and a draft pick to Arizona.
As for Goldschmidt’s reaction to the trade, the newest Cardinals player said he was glad to be in St. Louis.
“I don’t know of a player in baseball who doesn’t want to play here. There are certain organizations known for greatness and this is one of them,” he said.
Goldschmidt will wear 46 in St. Louis, rather than the 44 he wore in Arizona.
“I didn’t want to take anyone’s number. I got 44 because it was hanging in my locker. I just figured I’d keep something close to it,” he said.
Trading for Goldschmidt is the first major move of the Cardinals offseason, but Mozeliak said the team knows it still has more work to do. He specifically said the team is looking to improve in the bullpen, add a left handed bat and find a backup catcher.
“When you look at our every day lineup, we’re pretty excited about it. We still have two months before spring training ... (so) we’re not on the clock to say we have to have our team ready by the time we get back from Vegas next week,” Mozeliak said. “We’re going to be active at the Winter Meetings but we feel really confident about our club right now.”