Taylor Buchholz’s season ended in early June due to a combination of shoulder fatigue and depression, and agent David Pasti told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that the right-hander plans to sit out the entire 2012 season.
Pasti described Buchholz as “feeling great, but not ready to get back into baseball” as he continues to deal with depression and anxiety.
Pasti also praised the manner in which the Mets dealt with Buchholz, saying if/when he does decide to continue playing they’d be his first choice. New York could have held onto Buchholz’s rights while he sat out, but instead allowed him to become a free agent at age 30 and with another season of arbitration eligibility still to come.
Buchholz has a 4.28 ERA in 311 career innings, including a 3.12 ERA and 26/7 K/BB ratio in 26 innings last season. He opened about dealing with depression in a very compelling interview last July, which is definitely worth reading.
Extension season continues. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt are close to an agreement on a five-year extension. The value is believed to be around $130 million, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Goldschmidt was set to become a free agent after the season.
The Cardinals acquired Goldschmidt, 31, from the Diamondbacks in December in exchange for Luke Weaver, Carson Kelly, Andy Young, and a 2019 competitive balance round B pick. The slugger is a six-time All-Star, a three-time Gold Glove Award winner, and a four-time Silver Slugger Award winner. Goldschmidt owns a career .297/.398/.532 triple-slash line along with 209 home runs, 710 RBI, 709 runs scored, and 124 stolen bases. He is also well-regarded for his defense at first base. As a result, he has accumulated 40.3 Wins Above Replacement over eight seasons, according to Baseball Reference.
With Goldschmidt in place, the Cardinals are set at first base for the foreseeable future. Though Goldschmidt got off to a slow start last season, carrying an OPS barely above .700 into June, he recovered and finished with a .922 OPS. That two-month blip aside, there’s no reason to think Goldschmidt’s production is about to fall off anytime soon.