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(Eds: Adds details, quotes.) Ever since Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt stepped on a baseball field he has been able to hit the ball a long way.
The Diamondbacks know what Goldschmidt is capable of and expect the 24-year-old to contribute but they're not necessarily looking for power.
''I would be happy if he did what he did last year and nothing more than that. He was a major contributor to our club last year,'' Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said. ''We've got power throughout our lineup. If the power comes, great, but finding a way to get on base, if it is a walk or a base hit, I will take that from him. The beauty of our lineup is that we are not relying on one or two guys to hit the ball out of the ballpark. We have several guys who can do that. The key thing is when guys do that, we have guys on base.''
Goldschmidt made his major league debut on Aug. 1, and singled in his first at-bat. The next day, the 6-foot-3 slugger hit his first home run, off of San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum. He finished his rookie season batting .250 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs in 48 games.
In game three of the National League Division Series against the Milwaukee Brewers, Goldschmidt hit a two-out grand slam to keep the Diamondbacks alive in the postseason, becoming the third rookie to hit a grand slam in postseason history.
''I am glad I was able to help the team and hope I can still do so,'' Goldschmidt said. ''That is my main goal, to contribute and improve every day. This is a tough game. There is a lot of failure. There are a lot of guys who have broken into the league and get sent back down or don't make it as a career. That is a definitely a possibility but I am going to give my best effort every day.''
Notes: Saturday is the first day for full squad workouts. Manager Kirk Gibson is eager to get the whole team together. ''For the pitchers, it is a little uplifting because they have gone through a week here and they are getting a little beat up, a little tired,'' Gibson said. ''We have a game a week from tomorrow so that is exciting.'' .... Stephen Drew and the Diamondbacks are feeling good about the shortstop's rehab. Drew, who is coming off surgery to repair a broken right ankle, took groundballs, hit and performed agility drills during his first week of baseball activities. ''It is coming along well. A little better than I thought.'' Drew said.
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew still has a long way to go in his ankle rehab, but he took a nice step Thursday by moving laterally while fielding ground balls.
Drew took grounders Monday at Salt River Fields for the first time since fracturing his right ankle last July. In that session, though, he didn't move side to side as he did on Thursday.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- With the acquisition of Jason Kubel from Minnesota this offseason, the Diamondbacks' outfield situation got a little complicated. Gold Glove winner Gerrardo Parra suddenly appeared out of a starting job.
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Still, there is something to prove.
Last year, we were going to prove you guys wrong, said Geoff Blum, criticizing the...
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While they remain primarily focused...
The Washington Nationals have checked in on outfielder Gerardo Parra of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports.
Parra who won a Gold Glove last season, will become the team's fourth outfielder in Arizona with the signing of Jason Kubel to a two-year deal.
Parra, who can play all three outfield positions, would help the Nationals if Bryce Harper isn't ready...
The Washington Nationals are interested in Arizona Diamondbacks OF Gerardo Parra, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo was the scouting director with the Diamondbacks when Parra signed with the team in 2004.
Parra is just 24 years old and under team control through the 2015 season. He is eligible for arbitration after this season. In his three seasons...
J.J. Putz has been more than just the linchpin at the back of the D-backs' bullpen. The veteran closer has served as a mentor to some of the younger pitchers, and the example he's set has resonated.
Kirk Gibson addressed his team Saturday morning on the first day of full-squad workouts, and repeated a message that the organization has harped on all winter.
One year after he made controlling the running game a focus of spring training -- and saw the results pay off in the regular season -- Gibson is asking even more of his pitchers. He wants them to help themselves at the plate.
The D-backs have not had talks recently with catcher Miguel Montero about a contract extension.
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DeMarco: There is plenty of evidence that the Diamondbacks have set themselves up nicely for a short-term run of success — no matter how much their win total may fall in 2012.
The Washington Nationals have expressed interest in outfielder Gerardo Parra, according to a report on MLB.com. A Diamondbacks source said the clubs are not currently discussing a trade.
For the first time in an MLB game telecast, live audio content will air on a brief delay throughout the Cactus League game telecast of the Cleveland Indians at the Diamondbacks on March 7.