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Paul Goldschmidt isn’t ready to talk about a long-term deal

Feb 9, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

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Paul Goldschmidt was impressive during his first full season in the big leagues last year, hitting .286/.359/.490 with 20 home runs, 82 RBI, 18 stolen bases and an .850 OPS. He isn’t arbitration-eligible until after the 2014 season and is under team control though 2017, but the Diamondbacks are interested in locking him up for the long haul.

According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said today that the club approached Goldschmidt about a long-term deal. However, the 25-year-old first baseman said he wanted to wait before thinking about it.

Making a deal now could set Goldschmidt up for life financially, but if he waits and can duplicate or even improve upon his numbers from 2012, his eventual payday could get even bigger. So he’s going to take his chances for now.

  1. bat42boy - Feb 9, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    That doesn’t sound like a good decision on his part.

    • whmiv21 - Feb 9, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      If he regresses next year, then you’re right. But say he goes out and improves on all his numbers, then he has the leverage to demand a lot more money than he can right now.

      • zs123 - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:18 PM

        I don’t think you understand what regression means… “Regressing” implies to the mean, you can “regress” and get better – if Goldy’s average season is better than his rookie season was (which in all likelihood it will be), then by “regressing” he would improve next year.

        If he had a stat that stood out as flukish – say an abnormally high BABIP or HR/FB% that lead to his good season, then it would be fair to say that we’d expect regression of that particular stat which would lead to a drop off in numbers, but that isn’t the case here. There’s no reason not to expect improvement and there’s no reason for him not to bet on himself.

      • whmiv21 - Feb 9, 2013 at 7:47 PM

        Hey, with young guys you never know. Eric Hosmer was supposed to be a stud last year, and while I realize his low BABIP played a big part in that, his value is still hurt a little bit. Same applies to Ike Davis. Even if we all realize that it’s a fluke thing, counting stats get people paid.

      • paperlions - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:50 AM

        Man, people really don’t know what regression means, do they?

        With respect to Hosmer’s struggles, apparently he moved his hands making his swing longer, making it harder for him to catch up to good stuff and making some holes in his swing.

  2. gbrim - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Big TV money is coming to all the teams, so contracts will be going up (along with our Cable/Satellite TV bills). Waiting isn’t crazy at all.

  3. canucks18 - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    You can say that if he stays injury free. Do you take the multi-million dollar risk.

  4. unclemosesgreen - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Barry Zito would have been all over that extension.

  5. sisqsage - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    This guy owns Lincecum.
    Makes you wonder why he didn’t hit more than 20 dingers for a powerhitter playing in a hitter-friendly park.

    • blockedshotnyr - Feb 10, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      As to the 20 HRs point – Goldschmidt was in a straight platoon for much of the first half and he hit a ton of doubles. The power is there the average may regress to the .270-.260 range but he’s going to hit 25-30 bombs easy this year.

  6. chacochicken - Feb 9, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Kevin Towers is probably wandering the front office in a bathrobe screaming at people who aren’t there judging by his other moves this offseason. I’m guessing that scared Goldy off.

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