MLB Trade Rumors: Paul Goldschmidt Heating Up In Trade Rumors

As the MLB trade deadline approaches, the St. Louis Cardinals face a critical decision regarding their first baseman, Paul Goldschmidt.

Goldschmidt won the MVP award in 2022 and continued to contribute with 25 home runs and 80 RBIs in 2023, but this season his performance has seen a noticeable decline.

This year, he's batting just .228 with a .304 on-base percentage and a .366 slugging percentage.

At 36 years old and nearing the end of his contract, Goldschmidt presents a unique scenario for the Cardinals, who are struggling to compete in the NL Central.

The Cardinals have focused on strengthening their pitching staff, but their offensive output has lagged, highlighting a potential need to refresh their lineup and farm system.

Goldschmidt, with his vast postseason experience and previously high performance levels, stands out as a high-reward rental option for contenders looking to bolster their lineup for a playoff push.

Brandon Scott of Bleacher Report listed Goldschmidt as one of his big-name players that could be dealt this season.

As the deadline draws closer, the possibility of trading Goldschmidt could allow the Cardinals to acquire valuable assets in return, possibly signaling a shift towards rebuilding or retooling the team for future competitiveness.

Since the 2021 season, Goldschmidt holds a .286/.370/.497 triple-slash line, with 98 home runs, 316 RBIs, 33 stolen bases, and 324 runs scored across 514 games played.

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