PHOENIX You may not be able to tell the Diamondbacks without a program so far this season, but that will change. These D-backs are built for the long haul, and they made the biggest financial moves in franchise history over the offseason to prove it.
Paul Goldschmidts 32 million contract extension announced over the weekend is only the latest in a series of moves that the D-backs undertook in the offseason to identify building blocks and lock them up.
While ownership committed a whopping 167.5 million to seven key players -- a group that includes newcomers Martin Prado and Cody Ross and veterans Aaron Hill and J.J. Putz -- they believe the moves make as much financial sense as they do baseball sense.
The sport will become richer all around in 2014, the first year of an eight-year, 6.8 billion TV contract that the league negotiated with FOX and Turner Sports. Each major league team will receive an average of 25 million a year through 2021. So why not spend it, especially at what...