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Lost in the shuffle of all of the nonsensical contract extensions that were signed through Major League Baseball was the fact that the Arizona Diamondbacks and Paul Goldschmidt agreed to a contract extension of their own. This one may actually pan out to be the best signing of the day, if not the most rational.
Goldschmidt and the Diamondbacks agreed to a five-year contract extension that will pay him $32 million. The deal also carries a club option for 2019, worth $14.5 million. This an interesting signing, on a couple of different levels, but it could also pan out to be a brilliant one for Josh Towers and the Diamondbacks.
Drafted in 2009, last season was Goldschmidt's first full season at the big league level. He put up some very nice numbers in 587 plate appearances last year. He finished with a slash line of .286/.359/.490/.850 and 26 home runs, as well knocking in 82 runs. Don't sleep on those 18 swipes he added, either.
He's not slouch with the glove...
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The Diamondbacks and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt have agreed to a five-year, $32 million contract extension, a source confirmed Friday.
The extension runs from 2014-18 with option for 2019 and buys out arbitration years and at least one year of potential free agency.
The agreement was first reported by Jim Bowden of ESPN.
Goldschmidt, 25, hit .286 with 20 home runs and drove...
PHOENIX -- Since the end of the 2012 season, the Diamondbacks have endured a lion's share of criticism for a few bold moves.
First there was the trade of franchise staple Chris Young before a World Series champion had been crowned. Then came the controversial trade of top pitching (and polarizing) prospect Trevor Bauer for not-as-highly-touted shortstop prospect Didi Gregorius...
A person familiar with the negotiations says first baseman Paul Goldschmidt the Arizona Diamondbacks are close to agreement on a $32 million, five-year contract that would run from 2014-18.
The deal would include a $14.5 million team option for 2019 with a $2 million buyout, the person said Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been finalized....
PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks got a couple steps closer to finalizing their Opening Day roster Friday night, optioning outfielder Tony Campana and left-handed reliever Joe Paterson to Triple-A Reno.
Paterson had a strong spring after struggling early in 2012 and spending most of the year in Reno. He pitched 10 23 innings and compiled a 1.69 ERA, but the second left-handed relief spot...
PHOENIX -- Before the Diamondbacks played their final exhibition game of the spring Saturday, manager Kirk Gibson announced his Opening Day lineup. Barring additional injury, the D-backs' lineup card will look like this against the Cardinals on Monday night:
1. Gerardo Parra, RF
2. Martin Prado, 3B
3. Aaron Hill, 2B
4. Miguel Montero, C
5. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
6. Jason Kubel...
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson told reporters –
including Steve Gilbert of MLB.com – that outfielder Cody Ross will start the
regular season on the disabled list due to a lower left leg strain.
#Dbacks mgr Kirk Gibson confirmed that OF Cody Ross will start the year on the DL.
— Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) March 30, 2013
The move was expected...
As much as the Diamondbacks have expressed this offseason a desire to manufacture more runs, so too exists just as much of a need for it, and the D-backs know it. With Justin Upton and Chris Young gone, the D-backs have drastically reduced the pure power in their lineup.
Accordingly, pitching has become paramount. The D-backs have the pitching to be contenders in the NL West this...
Patrick Corbin blanked Cincinnati on two hits through six innings, strengthening his bid for a spot in Arizona's rotation in the Diamondbacks' 2-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.
The left-hander, competing with Randall Delgado to be Arizona's No. 5 starter, struck out seven and walked two.
Bronson Arroyo, whose previous outing ended when he was struck in...
General manager Kevin Towers was at his wheeler-dealer best again this offseason, and his acquisitions should return the Diamondbacks to contention...
Adam Wainwright begins earning his newfound wealth on Monday.
The right-hander will be on the mound in his third opening-day start when the St. Louis Cardinals face the remodeled Arizona Diamondbacks, who for the second year in a row will open with Ian Kennedy.
Wainwright's start comes four days after he agreed to contract that guarantees him $109.5 million over the next six...
Today is the eve of Opening Day eve. There are elite eight games on tonight and the Astros vs. Ranger opener tomorrow evening. Plus Wrestlemania 29 is on Sunday night. And then the main event of Opening Day on Monday.
Here’s all of the muck that’s fit to rake in the way of baseball reads:
-How the Nats went from ugly to elite, by Joe Posnanski. [NBC Sports]
-ESPN’s expert award...