When the Diamondbacks traded Brandon Allen to the A’s in the weekend deal for Brad Ziegler it cleared the path for Paul Goldschmidt to replace him as their first baseman of the present and, Arizona hopes, the future.
And sure enough, the Diamondbacks have called up Goldschmidt from Double-A after the 23-year-old former eighth-round pick hit .306 with 30 homers, 21 doubles, and 82 walks in 103 games.
Goldschmidt has always shown a ton of power, but he’s made significant progress cutting back on strikeouts this season, going from whiffing in 27 percent of his plate appearances at high Single-A last year to 20 percent at Double-A this year.
That’s still a lot of strikeouts in the minors and Goldschmidt may not be able to maintain his lofty batting averages against big-league pitching, but he projects as a big-time power threat after going deep 39 times per 550 at-bats during three seasons as a minor leaguer.
Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners will retire Edgar Martinez’s No. 11 in a ceremony to be held on August 12. He’ll join Ken Griffey, Jr. as the only Mariners players to have their numbers retired by the club.
Martinez recently fell short of induction into the Hall of Fame, receiving 259 votes (58.6 percent) in his eighth year on the ballot. Many are confident he’ll get the necessary push to get enshrined before it’s too late.
Now 54 years old, Martinez spent 18 seasons with the Mariners. He retired with a .312/.418/.515 triple-clash line, 309 home runs, and 1,261 RBI. Martinez was a seven-time All-Star and five-time recipient of the Silver Slugger Award.
The Mets told Jay Bruce that the club plans on having him open the season as the everyday right fielder, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports. This comes as no surprise after the Mets failed to get any bites after dangling Bruce as a trade chip. The Mets reportedly wanted a pair of prospects in exchange for Bruce.
With Bruce in right, Yoenis Cespedes back in left, and Curtis Granderson in center, Michael Conforto appears to be the odd man out. He’ll either warm the bench or head back to Triple-A Las Vegas for regular at-bats.
Bruce, who turns 30 years old in April, had a rough final two months of the 2016 season after joining the Mets in a trade from the Reds. He hit a paltry .219/.294/.391 with eight home runs and 19 RBI in 187 plate appearances. Bruce, apparently, wanted to go anywhere but in New York.