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.
The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.
Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.
Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.
Ervin Santana will once again start on Opening Day for the Twins, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. He’ll face the Royals at home in a day game on Monday, April 3.
The last pitcher to start back-to-back Opening Days for the Twins was Carl Pavano in 2011-12.
Santana, 34, is entering the third year of a four-year, $55 million contract signed in December 2014. Last season, the right-hander finished with a solid 3.38 ERA and a 149/53 K/BB ratio over 181 1/3 innings.