Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers told
reporters, including Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic, that he’s met with
the agent of first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to discuss a long-term contract
“I saw (agent) Joe (Sambito), he was over here in camp the
other day, but any contract talks I don’t really want to discuss,” Towers said.
“We sat down and talked about a lot of things, but I really don’t want to get
into any details.”
While Towers and Goldschmidt’s agent have met to discuss a
potential deal, one source told Piecoro that it would be a “surprise” to see a
deal completed anytime soon.
Arizona approached Goldschmidt about a long-term deal
earlier in the offseason, but the slugger said he’d rather wait at least one
more year to begin negotiations. The 25-year-old won’t be arbitration-eligible
until after the 2014 season, and he’s not slated to his the free agent market
until following the 2017 campaign.
Goldschmidt made his major league debut with the D’backs in
2011, hitting .250/.333/.474 with 18 extra-base hits over 177 plate
appearances. He followed that up with an impressive 2012 campaign, hitting
.286/.359/.490 with 43 doubles and 20 home runs.
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