Originally written March 31, 2013 on hardballchat.com:
On the cusp on the start of the MLB regular season, the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a five-year contract extension with 1B Paul Goldschmidt. The deal is worth a reported $32 million with the Diamondbacks holding a club option for a sixth season worth $14.5 million. The Diamondback’s front office seems to be pleased with his work effort and his approach to the game. Goldschmidt, 25, has improved his performance on the field, cutting down on his strikeouts but still delivering power. Team general manager Kevin Towers spoke glowingly to reporters about Goldschmidt. “I wish we could mold 24 more of him. It’s what he embodies and the way he plays when it comes to preparation, attitude and selflessness. We had those coins built up a couple years ago about what we stood for- tenacity, team unity, selflessness, never quit. That coin is really Paul Goldschmidt.” Goldschmidt told reporters that he was pleased that the new deal was reached prior to the start of the regular season in order to eliminate any distractions. In 145 games last season, Goldschmidt hit 20 home runs, drove in 82 while improving his batting average to .286. He ranked second in BA among NL 1B in 2012. After starting the season batting .217 in the first 27 games, he turned things around and hit .303 for the remainder of the year. Arizona has been busy this offseason, locking up key pieces of the team to long-term deals. C Miguel Montero, 2B Aaron Hill and Martin Prado, acquired in the Justin Upton trade, among them. The post Arizona Diamondbacks lock up 1B Paul Goldschmidt with contract extension appeared first on Hardball Chat Baseball Blog.

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