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ST. LOUIS (AP) — hree seasons Jonny Venters Jersey , the St. Louis Cardinals believe they’ve struck gold with Paul Goldschmidt in their quest to play into October.“We knew we just couldn’t have a stagnant offseason. We knew we had to make some changes to our club because we felt like even though we had a good team last year, we still weren’t good enough,” said John Mozeliak, the team’s president of baseball operations.“We looked at all the different options that might be out there, whether it be the free-agent market or what our trade options might look like. We felt that Paul checked so many boxes for us that it made sense,” he said.St. Louis acquired the slugging first baseman from the Arizona Diamondbacks in December for pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, minor league infielder Andy Young and a 2019 draft pick.Goldschmidt was glad to join the Cardinals.“This organization here has had success for a really long time and sustained it and that’s really tough to do,” Goldschmidt recently said at a winter fan event. “I’m looking forward to finding ways to help us win. I’m excited about that. This division is really good top to bottom. It’s going to be a challenge.”St. Louis finished 88-74 last season. To remedy its postseason drought, the club sought a big bat to put in a lineup that includes Matt Carpenter, Marcell Ozuna and Yadier Molina to better compete with Milwaukee and Chicago, the last two NL Central Division champions.The Cardinals’ postseason drought is their longest since 1997-99.Mozeliak is hoping Goldschmidt can boost an offense that finished fourth in the NL in homers last season (205) and sixth in runs (759).The 31-year-old Goldschmidt has made six straight All-Star Games — Mike Trout and Salvador Perez are the only other players in the majors with a current streak that long.Goldschmidt hit .290 with 33 homers and 83 RBIs last year, his fourth time in the past six years with at least 30 homers. Over the past eight seasons, he’s averaged 31 home runs, 40 doubles, 97 walks and a .930 OPS.A three-time Gold Glove winner, Goldschmidt also brings some baserunning skills with him. He stole 32 bases in 2016 Matt Moore Jersey , and has averaged 18 a year over his career.Goldschmidt’s teammates are excited about his arrival.Second baseman Kolten Wong said he told Mozeliak the team’s defense will be much better with Goldschmidt.“It’s going to be tough for these guys to sneak a ball past us on the right side,” Wong said. “(This) allows me to be more free and go for balls I know I can go after, and not go after balls to my left, because I know he’s going to be there.”Adding Goldschmidt also will allow the club to move Matt Carpenter to third base on a full-time basis.“I couldn’t be happier not only that I’m moving across the diamond but who I’m moving for,” Carpenter said. “When I got that phone call about who we were getting at first base, I couldn’t have been more excited.”Durable, Goldschmidt has played less than 145 games just once in his last six seasons. Despite an incredibly slow start to last season, he bounced back.“As you saw, I turned it around,” he said. “It wasn’t like I could guarantee I would go out there get hits. It was just keep working. A lot of the credit goes to the hitting coaches we had with Arizona last year. I was relying on those guys. You don’t want to struggle but I’ve had ups and downs forever. As long as this game has been going on, everyone has ups and downs.”Goldschmidt has a $14.5 million salary in the final season of a seven-year deal he signed with Arizona. He will be eligible for free agency after next season.Will he remain a Cardinal?“When you look at someone like Paul Goldschmidt, that is a Cardinal, man,” Wong said. “How he plays the game, how he goes about his business, that’s the Cardinal Way.”“To have someone like that, hopefully to re-sign and be with us long term , that’s something all these guys who are coming up or getting drafted by the Cardinals are going to be able to look at and say: ‘This is how I want to play the game,'” he said. “Even someone like me. I want to be in this guy’s ear. I want to be sitting next to him, finding out what I can.” Rockies news and links for March 15, 2019"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Scaling the RocksPebble ReportRockpileRockies Game ThreadsRockies Fan ExperienceRockpileRewriting the rule book for the RockiesNew,110commentsRockies news and links for March 15, 2019 Rewriting the rule book for the RockiesWhat one of MLB’s newest changes means for the Colorado Rockies | Rox PileThere has been an announcement that several rule changes in the MLB will occur in the near future. A couple will be implemented this season. One of these changes will be the hard and fast trade deadline. This deadline will be July 31, which means no trading in August or September. The roster will go from 25 to 26, with the September roster going from 40 to 28. The pitching staff maximum will be 13 and 14, respectively. Other changes include an All-Star Game Election Day and a $1 million prize for the Home Run Derby winner. More changes will come in 2020, when there will also be a three batter minimum for relief pitchers, preventing relievers from throwing to just one player. The removal of waivers is good news for the Rockies. Colorado’s not really one to make those August trades, but their division rivals, the Dodgers, are. This could make the late matchups between the two teams more interesting. Rockies unfazed by Anderson’s spring woes | Rockies.comDespite Tyler Anderson’s 7.88 ERA in spring training, Rockies pitching coach Steve Foster has ultimate faith in the lefty. Anderson’s start got moved to give promising Peter Lambert a chance to play against the Royals. Still, both Foster and Bud Black are unconcerned with any kind of lackluster numbers put up in spring training. They view him as a professional who has the capacity to get the job done. In other Rockies news, Yency Almonte was optioned to Triple-A Bartolo Colon Jersey , Ryan McMahon was successful off the bench, and Jeff Hoffman is still working on finding his fastball. Lambert turning heads in Rockies camp | Rockies.comPeter Lambert has impressed during spring training in the minors, so much so that he’s getting the start in Friday’s game against the Royals. The 21-year-old is the Rockies’ number 4 prospect according to MLB Pipeline. Pitching coach Steve Foster sees not only what he’s done, but what he might be capable of, given the chance. The rotation has seemed pretty well set, but the decision to move Tyler Anderson to the minor league game and Lambert to the Major League indicates Lambert might be cracking that tough nut. He’s a hard-working young man, and he has shown he has the capacity to play smart as well. We’ll see how he can perform Friday.Nolan Arenado Talks Hitting | FanGraphsNolan Arenado has been a Silver Slugger the last four years running, and for good reason. He started out strong, but he has also worked on developing and growing. A lot of this comes down to mechanics, like staying on his back leg and finding a way to be quicker. He worked on his own, but he also reached out to teammates and others for advice. He’s really just grown as a player, waiting and learning.e Rockies lost to Cleveland, with Jeff Hoffman having a tough day. Jake McGee also struggled, giving up a grand slam in the sixth. The good news comes in the form of Ryan McMahon, who continues to hit well, getting two of the Rockies four hits of the day.