MLB Rumors- Diamondbacks going to Offer Goldschmidt Long-term deal


This MLB Rumors news comes just a few weeks after reports that Goldschmidt and his reps declined the initial attempts of GM Kevin Towers to open discussions, as’s Steve Gilbert mentions. Towers said he prefers not to let any extension talks leak into the season, so if anything is going to get done on this front, negotiations will have to ramp up quickly.

MLB RumorsThe 25-year-old Goldschmidt would be eligible for arbitration after the 2014 season and free agency after the 2017 season. For a deal to make sense for the D-backs, it would likely have to take Goldschmidt through one year of free agency, similar to what the Chicago White Sox completed earlier this month with lefthander Chris Sale.

Goldschmidt is coming off a productive 2012 season in which he hit .286/.359/.490 with 20 homers, but ESPN Insider wrote about the first baseman’s shortcomings and strengths in Friday’s column:

“I think this is what [Goldschmidt] is — a platoon guy who destroys left-handed pitching (and Tim Lincecum) while playing above-average defense at first. It probably helps his cause that Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson and GM Kevin Towers really seem to like his makeup, which counts for everything in Arizona these days.”

The Diamondbacks already have reached deals of three years or more with Aaron Hill and Martin Prado this winter. Towers admits he may be willing to talk long-term deals with other candidates as well.

Rumor Central’s Jason A. Churchill recently noted that there aren’t a lot of examples for sluggers receiving multi-year contracts after just one full season so it’s difficult to determine what kind of asking price may be attached to Goldschmidt. Perhaps the deal signed by Billy Butler — 4 years, $30 million — could serve as some sort of standard, though he signed after three years in the majors.



Get The Free Sports Picks Daily Newsletter

Readers Comments (0)

Facebook Page



SportsBetting has a $900 deposit bonus, applied at a 25% rate. This bonus can fund all of the betting you do though SportsBetting, be it on their horse races or their multitude of sports.
Bovada Sportsbook has made a name for themselves as one of the best online sportsbooks around. They have an incredibly helpful team of customer service representatives that are always available to help you with any issues you may have. Bovada will give you a 50% to $250 match bonus which will give your account a nice boost when depositing. Depending on how much you decide to deposit this can end up being a very substantial bonus. Bovada also gives you many deposit options ensuring that you never have a problem depositing funds. Convenient options such as VISA and wire transfers for players in the U.S. plus a ton of other friendly methods for players abroad that make depositing no problem at all.
Comprehensive source for the top betting trends on all major sports gambling events