Arizona Diamondbacks Lock Up Paul Goldschmidt

By Chris Lacey

Sept. 20, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman

Paul Goldschmidt

(44) hits an RBI single during the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed their slugging first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to a five year deal, and the deal is worth $32 million with a club option that is worth $14.5 million in 2019. The deal would cover Goldschmidt’s arbitration years and one of his free agent seasons. If the option is exercised it will cover two of his free-agent seasons. This was a smart move by the Diamondbacks organization to sign Goldschmidt to this extension. The Diamondbacks had approached him early during the off season about an extension, but were told that Goldschmidt had wanted to wait.

The deal will look even better for the Diamondbacks if Goldschmidt has a monster year for the Diamondbacks this season. The first full season for him was great as indicated by .286/.359/.850 triple-slash  to go along with 20 HR and 82 RBI. He also showed that he has deceptive speed for a player his size as well by swiping 18 bases and being caught just three times.

The defense that he played at first base continued to improve as the season progressed. This season can be a breakout year for Goldschmidt if the numbers he put up last season were any type of indication. The Diamondbacks now have a solid infield with Goldschmidt, Aaron Hill, and Martin Prado that can play defense and produce offensively.

The Diamondbacks are showing a lot of faith in Goldschmidt by signing him to this extension. He only has one season under his belt, but he made great progress in his first season in all aspects of his game that warranted the club making this decision. Goldschmidt will be a staple in the Diamondbacks line up for years to come.

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