Arizona Diamondbacks General Manager, Dave Stewart, announced this morning that the team plans to offer both Paul Goldschmidt and AJ Pollock long-term extensions this winter as they fit the mold that the team is trying to build around. The team wants to ensure that Goldschmidt, also known as Goldy, stays a Diamondback for his entire playing career in hopes that he will retire as a Diamondback. In addition, the front office believes that Goldy will be inducted into the Hall of Fame someday especially if he continues excelling like he has this season.
So far this season, Goldy leads the league in most offensive categories and is only starting to reach the prime of his career. Out of the entire NL, Goldschmidt is in first place with 83 RBI, has a batting average of .341, and also exhibits an On-Base Percentage of .457. He also has 22 home runs on the season as well as an OPS of 1.041. All of that has come in 399 at bats.
Goldschmidt’s current deal has him under team control through 2019 and the total value of his contract is a little over $28 million dollars. This season he is making $3.1 million, next season he is owed $5.875 million, $8.875 in 2017, $11.1 million in 2018, and $14.5 million in 2019 with a $4.5 million buyout option available.
Another player who has really stepped up to the plate offensively and defensively is centerfielder AJ Pollock. AJ is 27 years old and is arbitration eligible come this off season. He is under team control under 2019 like Goldschmidt. This season, he is earning a little above league minimum, $520,000. So far this season in 426 at bats, Pollock has 133 hits, 12 home runs, and 49 RBI with a .312 BA and .366 OBP.
Pollock has been batting behind Ender Inciarte lately and has really settled in nicely into that role. He seems to usually find a way to get on base or hit the ball to get an RBI at the right time given the scenario.
The announcement of this news has all Diamondback fans excited because the team has unloaded a significant amount of payroll over the past off season as well as during the season this year. The biggest contract on the books right now is Aaron Hill. This winter, the team will also be starting a new contract with Fox Sports Arizona that will not only allow Fox to continue broadcasting games, but will also improve the financial health of the club. While it is yet to be seen how much money they will spend this off season, one thing is for certain: they are building and they want to win now. The front office is committed to doing whatever it takes to put the best team on the field and want the team to be more competitive and more consistent than they have been in seasons past.