It made any showdown with the Arizona Diamondbacks potentially problematic, as he was talented enough to single-handedly shift the momentum of a game with one big swing.
The good news for the Dodgers, and really all the other teams in the NL West, is that they’ll no longer have to face Goldschmidt as often.
While that trio might help the Diamondbacks, it’s unlikely that they’ll have as powerful of an impact on the team as Goldschmidt did.
Only Joey Votto has a higher OPS in the NL since 2012 than Goldschmidt, and he’s really the prototypical hitter to build a lineup around.
Goldschmidt is a complete player. He is a run producer, gets on base, and has played great defense at first base.
His 162 game averages over his career are 105 runs, 31 homers, 105 RBI, .297 batting average, .398 OBP, .532 SLG, and 18 stolen bases.
Goldschmidt has been an All-Star six times, won four Silver Sluggers, and won three Gold Gloves in his career.
He has been one of the best players in baseball, and it’s hard to envision the Diamondbacks being a factor in the NL West in the short term after this trade.
Goldschmidt has played in 130 games against the Dodgers over his career, and he actually has better stats against them than his typical career averages.
In those 130 games, he has 86 runs, 31 doubles, 31 homers, 98 RBI, 11 stolen bases, a .302 BA, a .376 OBP, and a .551 SLG.
He hasn’t just feasted against the Dodgers when they play at Chase Field, but he has remarkable stats at Dodger Stadium in particular.
In 61 games and 270 plate appearances at Dodger Stadium, Goldschmidt has hit 17 homers with a .336 BA, .408 OBP, and .592 SLG.
Basically, Goldschmidt has over-performed his already fantastic typical production against the Dodgers over his years with the Diamondbacks.
A guy like that leaving the division can be as impactful as a free agent acquisition, and while this offseason is still young, this is a huge win for everybody in the NL West who aren’t the Diamondbacks.
At this point of the offseason, there’s not really any strong case that can be made against the Dodgers being the favorites to win the division next year.
There are big free agents that have yet to make a decision, and certainly, if the Dodgers can land one of them it’ll further solidify their status as the team to beat in the NL West.
The Diamondbacks have basically forfeited contention next season by sending away Goldschmidt, so that gives the Dodgers one less real competitor.
The San Diego Padres aren’t there yet, and the San Francisco Giants are in a weird limbo, uncommitted to a rebuild and still hoping the core that won them multiple World Series earlier this decade can get them back to the playoffs.
The Colorado Rockies are the main competition for the Dodgers as of now, but there’s a lot of free agency still to go through.
This Goldschmidt trade certainly helps the Dodgers, as it significantly weakens a Diamondbacks team that was tied for the NL West lead on September 1 last season.
The Dodgers have won six consecutive NL West titles, and the odds that they’ll win a seventh consecutive were improved with this trade.