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Cardinals locking up Paul Goldschmidt, which is very bad news for Cubs

Cardinals locking up Paul Goldschmidt, which is very bad news for Cubs

It's extension season all around baseball at the moment and now the St. Louis Cardinals are getting in on the fun.

Which is decidedly not fun for the Cubs. 

The Cardinals are close to an extension with stud Paul Goldschmidt on a deal that will go five years and be worth around $130 million, St. Louis Post-Dispatch beat writer Derrick Goold reported:

The Cardinals traded for Goldschmidt over the winter, giving up top catching prospect Carson Kelly as well as young pitcher Luke Weaver to acquire the star first baseman and perennial MVP candidate in his final season before free agency. Obviously Goldschmidt is not ticketed for the open market anymore, making the trade look all that much better for St. Louis.

The 31-year-old has earned a spot on the NL All-Star team six years in a row and has finished in the Top 6 in MVP voting four times in that span with the Diamondbacks. He owns a career .297/.398/.532 slash line (.930 OPS) and has averaged 30 homers, 100 RBI and 100 runs scored since 2012.

Since the start of the 2013 season, only Buster Posey (35.1) has accrued more WAR than Goldschmidt (32.8) in the NL. For comparison, Anthony Rizzo has totaled 24.1 WAR in the same span.

As if that wasn't bad enough, Goldschmidt has been an absolute Cub killer over the years. 

In 43 career games against Cubs pitching, he has hit .353/.471/.699 (that's a 1.170 OPS) with 14 homers and 39 RBI. The only team he has a better OPS against in his career is the Los Angeles Angels...and he's faced them just 11 times.

Goldschmidt also loves hitting at Wrigley, with a .337/.433/.578 slash line (1.011 OPS) in 22 games at The Friendly Confines. 

This extension would take him through his age-36 season, keeping him playing under the arch through the 2024 season.

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Cubs Talk Podcast: David Bote’s wild ride and a huge test for Cubs pitchers

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Cubs Talk Podcast: David Bote’s wild ride and a huge test for Cubs pitchers

Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki break down the Cubs’ series win over the Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field, which capped off with yet another David Bote walk-off and a surprising performance from Tyler Chatwood. They also break down where this Cubs team is at as they get set to welcome the high-powered Dodgers offense into Chicago later in the week.

:30 – The Kelly Effect

1:00 – David Bote’s wild ride

2:00 – El Mago’s magic pays off for Cubs yet again

3:30 – Bote’s adjustments

6:40 – Chatwood’s big day

8:50 – What’s next for Chatwood?

10:10 – Lester’s return is right around the corner

11:30 – Cubs pitching firing on all cylinders

12:00 – Did Kap jinx Strop?

13:30 – Dodgers pose a big challenge for Cubs pitching staff

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:

Add another chapter to David Bote's incredible story

Add another chapter to David Bote's incredible story

David Bote had to be feeling like the luckiest guy on Earth.

The Cubs were humming along in their quickest game of the season and two outs away from a 1-0 victory on a picture-perfect Easter Sunday at Wrigley Field. That was good news for him, because he had a flight to catch — doctors were inducing his wife, Rachel, and she was going to be giving birth to their third child that night.

Then Bote watched as Arizona's light-hitting outfielder Jarrod Dyson — he of 16 homers in 744 career games coming into the afternoon — sent a Pedro Strop pitch into the right-field bleachers in the top of the ninth inning to extend the game.

So Bote took things into his own hands.

Javy Baez led off the Cubs' half of the ninth with a double down the right field line, advanced to third on an error and then Willson Contreras was plunked by Diamondbacks reliever Archie Bradley.

Up stepped Bote, who watched a curve for Ball 1 and then narrowly got out of the way of a 95 mph fastball ticketed for his left temple. Bradley came back with a curve for a strike and Bote knew what to look for, waiting on another curveball and hammering it through the drawn-in infield for the Cubs' 10th win of the season. 

Minutes later, Bote had bolted out of Wrigley Field, heading back home to Colorado for the birth of Baby No. 3.

Speaking of which, Bote's walk-off hit Sunday came exactly 36 weeks (a little over eight months) after his ultimate grand slam to beat the Washington Nationals...

"It's a grand slam baby and now it's another walk-off for him," teammate Anthony Rizzo joked.

This is just the latest chapter in the incredible story of Bote, an 18th-round draft pick who endured seven seasons in the minor leagues before being called up to the majors. He doesn't even have a full year of service time in "The Show" yet, but he's already proven he belongs and carved out a permanent spot on the roster before signing a 5-year, $15 million extension earlier this month.

"From the homer last year, there was a lot of pressure and he slowed everything down," Baez said. "He just keeps getting better and he knows he's got talent and he can do it. He's got a lot of confidence coming off the bench and he's been huge for this team."

This was Bote's 42nd career RBI and it was already his 4th walk-off RBI. That means nearly 10 percent of his career RBI have come via walk-off situation.

"It's nice. He's had experience early [in those situations]," Rizzo said. "You can't teach that. He's had a lot of situations like that and he's come through. It's fun to watch."

This was only the 10th start of the season for Bote in the Cubs' 20th game, but he's found a way to stay sharp. 

After his 2-hit game Sunday, he's now slashing .295/.380/.455 on the season and showing off the adjustments he's made after hitting just .176 with a .559 OPS after that ultimate grand slam last year.

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