SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Last summer, we wrote that Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt already felt like a mainstay. This spring, the D-backs tried to make him one, approaching the 25-year-old about a long-term contract.
Though talks between Goldschmidt and the team have been reported as ongoing, Goldschmidt initially tabled talks of a long-term deal, betting on a big season that could earn him an even better deal next year.
The D-backs are betting on Goldschmidt as much as he's betting on himself. Goldschmidt has just 193 major league games under his belt, yet the D-backs want to lock him up, presumably to a team-friendly deal with Goldschmidt still two years away from arbitration eligibility. That says a lot about the player the D-backs expect Goldschmidt to be this year and beyond.
"I think they believe in all the players here," Goldschmidt said. "They're trying to build a team here that's going to win this year but win for the future as well.&...