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

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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 MLB.com’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.

 

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