There was a loud exult, an exhale that went up throughout the Dodger Stadium grounds and perhaps across all of Los Angeles. Dodger fans across the globe were shaking hands, nodding heads and breathing sighs of relief. In case you haven’t heard the news by now, notorious Dodger killer Paul Goldschmidt is no longer in the National League West. He’s still in the National League yes, but he’s out of the division. That’s certainly fine by me and most Dodger fans everywhere.
Yesterday afternoon the stunning news broke that the Arizona Dbacks had traded their franchise cornerstone to the Cardinals for three young players and a competitive balance draft pick. Goldschmidt was entering the final year of his contract, the Dbacks were unable to work out an extension. Obviously the smaller market club working within a more limited budget is looking to trim salary and rebuild.
Goldschmidt has been a thorn in the Dodger’s side for years now. He’s been one of the most impressive villains of our generation. Goldschmidt has destroyed Dodger pitching since his early days in the NL West. Overall Goldschmidt is hitting .302 with 31 home runs and 98 runs driven in against the Dodgers. That’s a .927 OPS against and he’s hitting .336 at Dodger Stadium with an OPS of over .1000. Please get this man out of the division.
The return for Arizona still looks underwhelming to me. The players brought back to the Snakes, pitching prospect Luke Weaver, minor league catcher Carson Kelly, and minor league infielder Andy Young are not difference makers. Weaver is a nice prospect and was a top-100, but never impressed in his three mediocre seasons in St. Louis. He’s young enough (age 25) to improve, and could become a solid regular in the Arizona staff. But he’s hardly the can’t miss prospect that he appeared to be several years ago.
The other guys are a couple of years away from making any kind of dent on the major league roster. Kelly looks to be a promising catcher with great framing skills and a strong throwing arm. The 24-year old Young batted .319 with 9 home runs in 35 games for the Cardinal’s double-A ball Texas League squad. All three appear to be decent young talent, but there’s no superstars in that mix.
Arizona is a pathetic organization no doubt, but there is another key subject here. With Arizona punting the 2019 season, the Dodger’s path to their seventh consecutive NL West title just got a lot easier. Andy McCullough at the LA Times pens about this. Not having to deal with the Snakes will give the Dodgers a much clearer road to the playoffs. Arizona joins the Padres and Giants as another rebuilding club in the weakened National League West. Left hander Patrick Corbin just signed with the Nationals, and A.J. Pollack will surely sign elsewhere. The Dbacks are also desperately trying to unload Zack Greinke’s bloated contract.
Colorado looks to be the Dodger’s lone competition for the division title next season. It’ll be far better to face Goldschmidt six or seven times instead of 19 times during the regular season. For the record the Cardinals did get what they needed, which was a middle of the order power bat. However I don’t think Goldschmidt alone closes the gap between them and the Brewers and Cubs in the NL Central. But that’s their problem. The main joy today is that Paul Goldschmidt, Dodger killer is no longer in the National League West. Oh and the Dbacks will suck next year. Rejoice Dodger fans!