Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt turned 30 years old on Sunday. On Wednesday, he recorded his 1,000th career hit in the majors. Goldschmidt entered the evening’s action against the Rockies with 998, singled in the first inning, then added a double to center field in the third inning off of German Marquez to reach his milestone.
As the Diamondbacks’ tweet above notes, Goldschmidt and Luis Gonzalez are the only players in franchise history with 1,000 hits. Considering the franchise has only been in existence since 1998, that’s not surprising.
Following the double, Goldschmidt improved his slash line to .310/.418/.590 with 34 home runs, 112 RBI, 104 runs scored, and seven stolen bases in 601 plate appearances. He remains in the thick of things in the NL MVP Award race.
The Dodgers have pulled off their first blockbuster trade of the offseason, sending Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir, Charlie Culberson, Adrian Gonzalez and cash considerations to the Braves for Matt Kemp, per announcements from both teams. The Braves are set to designate Gonzalez for assignment on Monday, making him a free agent.
Kemp, 33, had a down year with the Braves in 2017, hitting a career-low -0.5 fWAR in 115 games with the club. At the plate, he slashed a modest .276/.318/.463 with 19 home runs and a .781 OPS through 467 plate appearances, but was hampered by a nagging left hamstring strain through most of the season. This will be his 10th campaign with the Dodgers.
Whether or not Kemp can rebound during his second stint in Los Angeles is almost beside the point, however. The deal is effectively a salary dump to end all salary dumps. Offloading multiple one-year contracts for McCarthy, Kazmir and Gonzalez should bring the Dodgers back under the $197 million luxury tax threshold and position them to make a run at some of the big fish in next year’s free agent pool. It’s also worth noting that they may not keep Kemp around for long — per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, the club appears as likely to flip the veteran outfielder as they are to use him. As for the Braves, they not only rid themselves of the $43 million due Kemp through 2020, but added some rotation and infield depth with McCarthy and Culberson and can now give top prospect Ronald Acuna a legitimate tryout in left field.