Paul Goldschmidt and the St. Louis Cardinals signed a five-year, $130 million extension that puts him in St. Louis until the 2024 season. Goldschmidt was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks back in December, and has been very open about how much he loves St. Louis. Goldschmidt has yet to play a single regular season game with the Cardinals, but already has a new deal with the club.
Goldschmidt is at the prime of his career, hitting .290 last year with 33 home runs and 83 RBIs with the Diamondbacks last year. He currently is considered to be one of the best first basemen in baseball, and now the Cardinals can move Matt Carpenter back to third base, where he usually plays. The Cardinals now will be able to take their focus somewhere else, after they added Goldschmidt to their lineup to give them the big bat they need.
The Cardinals lineup is significantly more formidable than last year. The club thought they had found that big bat in the middle of the lineup with Marcell Ozuna, but he had a bit of a down year last year. With Goldschmidt in the lineup to complement Ozuna, the Cardinals middle of the lineup will be as strong as they’ve ever had it. The top of that Cardinals lineup will be hard for opposing pitchers.
The projected top of the Cardinals lineup will be Matt Carpenter, Dexter Fowler, Paul Goldschmidt, and Marcell Ozuna. Last year, Carpenter was the best hitter in the Cardinals lineup. He went on that ridiculous streak where he hit seven home runs in eight games. Fowler was hurt last year, and the Cardinals did outfield by committee to make up for his absence. With Fowler coming back and Carpenter being a threat at the top of the order, the Cardinals have a legit hitting threat, like they did back in 2011.
The main problem with last year was that the Cardinals could not find a compliment to Ozuna in their lineup. Usually, Paul DeJong or Jose Martinez would be hitting in that third spot. Those are good hitters, but having them being the number three guy in the lineup is not sustainable for the future. That is where Goldschmidt comes in. He will take over the three spot in the lineup, and finally give the Cardinals a threat in the middle of the lineup. The closest hitting threat the Cardinals have had since Albert Pujols left is Matt Carpenter, and he hasn’t been there for too long.
The back half of the lineup is going to be just as formidable, as Paul DeJong moves to the fifth spot in the lineup and can rotate with Yadier Molina. Both DeJong and Molina were tried out in the middle of the lineup, but now can hit farther back in the lineup, and will be just as impactful. Goldschmidt opened up the entire back half of the lineup, and allowed for a lot of flexibility for manager Mike Shildt.
Goldschmidt has given the Cardinals so many options in their lineup. He can come in immediately and make an impact on the Cardinals lineup, and has changed the opinion entirely on the Cardinals lineup. For the past eight or so years, the Cardinals have just been known as a pitcher heavy team. Now, with some pitchers on the DL and currently trying to recover, the Cardinals will be coming out firing with their lineup this season.