The Diamondbacks have activated first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from the paternity leave list. He’s slated to return to the starting lineup this afternoon against the Cubs.
Goldschmidt missed two games this week to be wife his wife, Amy, for the birth of their first child. Fortunately, all went well with wife and baby.
Goldschmidt, 27, is batting .322/.437/.563 with 27 home runs, 97 RBI, and 21 stolen bases over 133 games this season. He’s likely the biggest challenger to Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper for the National League MVP Award.
National League MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt was not included in the Diamondbacks’ starting lineup when it came out Wednesday evening and there was no sight of him or his street clothes in the visitors clubhouse at Denver’s Coors Field. Now, via MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert, we know why …
Arizona has a scheduled team off day Thursday, so Goldschmidt is only going to miss a game or two.
The 27-year-old first baseman boasts a .322/.437/.563 slash line with 27 home runs, 97 RBI, 21 stolen bases, and 85 runs scored in 132 games this season for the Diamondbacks, who will travel to Wrigley Field next.
Update #2 (9:59 PM EST): Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reports that the two players the Diamondbacks will be getting are minor league pitchers Matt Koch and Miller Diaz.
Update (8:06 PM EST): The Diamondbacks will receive a pair of minor league players from the Mets in exchange for Reed, per MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert.
ESPN’s Adam Rubin reports that the Mets have acquired reliever Addison Reed in a trade with the Diamondbacks, pending a physical. Newsday’s Marc Carig confirms the deal. Reed had cleared waivers.
Reed began the year as the Diamondbacks’ closer, but struggled and was taken out of the closer’s role in mid-May. Even in lower-leverage situations, his troubles continued, resulting in his being optioned to Triple-A Reno in June. The club recalled him in late July.
Overall, Reed has blown two saves in five chances with a 4.20 ERA and a 34/14 K/BB ratio in 40 2/3 innings. He’s earning $4.875 million for the 2015 season and will be eligible for his second season of arbitration heading into 2016.