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#pounditTuesday, October 19, 2021

Astros, Cardinals pursuing Paul Goldschmidt in trade talks

Paul Goldschmidt

Paul Goldschmidt is on the trade block, and two National League teams are apparently serious about trying to acquire him.

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported on Monday night that the Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals have had the most meaningful discussions with Arizona about Goldschmidt.

Goldschmidt, 31, might only be a one-year rental. He is set to make around $14.5 million in his final season of arbitration before becoming a free agent after the 2019 season.

The first baseman batted .290/.389/.533 last season with 35 doubles and 33 home runs. He is a .299 hitter with a .931 OPS for his career.

If St. Louis were to acquire Goldschmidt, they would likely have Matt Carpenter change positions. Houston has Yuli Gurriel at first but could probably find enough at-bats for both players thanks to the DH.

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