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Cardinals acquire Paul Goldschmidt from the Diamondbacks
The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for catcher Carson Kelly, pitcher Luke Weaver, infielder Andy Young, and a 2019 MLB draft pick.
The Cardinals have been lacking a power hitter in the middle of their lineup and got one in Goldschmidt. They paid a relatively low cost due to the slugger being under contract for just one more season. There is a chance they try to work out an extension before the season is over though. The six-time All-Star will likely hit cleanup and man first base for St. Louis in 2019.
Goldschmidt has averaged 31.5 homers, 102 RBI, and 105.3 runs scored while posting a .301 batting average and .946 OPS the last four seasons.
Nationals sign pitcher Patrick Corbin to 6-year, $140M deal
The Washington Nationals have signed free-agent pitcher Patrick Corbin to a six-year, $140M deal on Tuesday.
Corbin was the big name pitcher available on the free agent market and the Nationals opened up their checkbook to sign the former Arizona Diamondback. The two-time All-Star gives the Nats a strong top-three in their rotation, joining Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.
Corbin posted a 3.15 ERA and 1.05 WHIP while striking out 246 in 200 innings with Arizona in 2018.
Jay Bruce headed to Seattle as part of Robinson Cano trade
New York Mets have traded outfielder Jay Bruce along with five other players to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for second baseman Robinson Cano and pitcher Edwin Diaz.
Bruce is expected to remain in Seattle for at least the start of the 2019 season but likely won't last long in a Mariners' uniform as they undergo a complete roster rebuild. Bruce is under contract for two more years for $26M.
Bruce batted .223 with 9 homers, 37 RBI, and 31 runs scored in 361 plate appearances in 2018.
Seattle finalizes Edwin Diaz trade to the New York Mets
The Seattle Mariners traded pitcher Edwin Diaz and second baseman Robinson Cano to the New York Mets in exchange for a five-player package headlined by outfielder Jay Bruce.
The Mariners reluctantly traded their All-Star closer but desperately wanted to unload the $120M still owed to Cano. Diaz will take over ninth-inning duties for New York and will be under their control for four more seasons.
Diaz saved an MLB-best 57 games in 2018 while posting a 1.96 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, and a 15.2 K/9 rate in 73 1/3 innings pitched.
Seattle's Robinson Cano long-rumoured trade to Mets finally official
The Seattle Mariners have traded second baseman Robinson Cano along with pitcher Edwin Diaz to the New York Mets for outfielder Jay Bruce, pitchers Anthony Swarzak and Gerson Bautista plus a pair of minor leaguers.
The Mariners take another step in their roster overhaul as they rid themselves of the hefty $120M still owed to Cano. He is under contract for five more seasons, and the Mets hope he can provide some punch in the lineup at least for a couple more seasons.
Cano batted .303 with 10 homers and 50 RBI in 348 plate appearances in 2018.
Carlos Santana dealt to Seattle from Philadelphia on Monday
The Philadelphia Phillies have traded first baseman Carlos Santana along with infielder J.P. Crawford to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for infielder Jean Segura and relievers James Pazos and Juan Nicasio.
Santana was included in the deal as the Phillies plan on moving Rhys Hoskins back to first base, making the veteran Santana expendable. It is unclear if he is in the Mariners' plans for 2019 as they are undergoing a dramatic roster overhaul. If he stays in Seattle, expect Santana to see the bulk of his time at designated hitter.
Santana slashed .229/.352/.414 with 24 homers and 86 RBI in 679 plate appearances last season.
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