The day after Cubs President Theo Epstein called 2019 a year of "reckoning", the rival Cardinals said they hope to end their three-year postseason drought after trading for six-time All-Star Paul Goldschmidt. I never made any requests for a number.
"Hopefully some of the younger players like Ketel Marte see this as an opportunity to take a lead in that area".
Goldschmidt, 31, is aware of the expectations, and there will be more at stake for him entering the final year of a multi-year contract before free agency. He and his wife, Amy, visited Phoenix Children's Hospital for charity events and set up Goldy's Fund 4 Kids, which helped the hospital's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.
Goldschmidt was excited to join a team that was second in the NL and third in the major leagues in attendance, one with a ballpark usually buzzing with fans.
Hazen said the decision was bittersweet but Goldschmidt "was very professional and respectful".
"I don't know a player in baseball that doesn't want to play here", he said. "We're going to be diligent in what can make us better. We (Hazen and Lovullo) both told him how much he meant to us, personally and professionally", Hazen said. Neither is still with the club. "The type of deal we did with Paul Goldschmidt was a little bit of putting more chips into just next year and not worrying what happens in 2020 or beyond". It's the only organization I ever knew and I loved everything about them.
"We have our work cut out for us", he said.
Right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver, infielder Andrew Young, catcher Carson Kelly and the No. 6 pick in the 2019 Competitive Balance Round B is what the Diamondbacks acquired from the Cardinals. And there's a chance he does become the next Mark McGwire, Jim Edmonds or Matt Holliday and signs an extension with St. Louis. He says he expects to sign "multiple" arms by the time pitchers and catcher report in Jupiter, but will first look to fill pitching roles with what's now on the roster.