The 31-year-old was acquired by the Cardinals from the D-backs on December 8th in exchange for Luke Weaver, Carson Kelly, and Andy Young. If and when this contract is finalized, it will make Goldschmidt the highest-paid player in franchise history. This will beat the deal that outfielder Matt Holiday received, which was for $120 million over seven years in 2010. It will also move him past veteran catcher Yadier Molina, who is making $20 million this season.
The six-time All-Star (the past six seasons) has won four Silver Slugger Awards and three Gold Gloves over eight major league seasons. The career .297 hitter has 209 home runs and 710 RBIs at the major league level, including four seasons with at least 33 home runs. In 2018 with Arizona, Goldschmidt hit .290 with 33 home runs, 83 RBIs, 35 doubles, 90 walks, and a .922 OPS. His OPS of .934 since the 2012 season is the second-highest in the National League, only behind Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds. Those two first basemen will be seeing a lot more of each other in the coming years.