The Pirates' chances of winning their first division title since 1992 just got more difficult.
The Cardinals acquired slugging first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from the Diamondbacks in a trade Tuesday. The 31-year-old has been selected to each of the last six All-Star Games.
The Cardinals finished third in the National League Central last season, behind the Brewers and Cubs and ahead of the Pirates. It was the only division that had four of five teams with winning records.
The Pirates have done a relatively good job of containing Goldschmidt. In his eight-year career, the right-handed hitter has batted .270/.387/.479 with eight home runs in 44 games against them.
The Cardinals were able to acquire Goldschmidt without much disruption to their major league roster, shipping right-hander Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, minor league infielder Andy Young and a competitive balance round draft pick to Arizona.