Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt isn’t arbitration-eligible until after the 2014 season and is under team control though 2017. The team, however, is interested in locking him up long term. When asked about it last month, Goldschmidt said that he’s prefer to think it over for a while. Apparently he’s done thinking:
Not a bad idea to get something done if you’re the team anyway, as Goldschmidt hit .286/.359/.490 with 20 home runs, 82 RBI, 18 stolen bases and an .850 OPS and, at 25, is likely to improve upon those numbers going forward.
The Cardinals have selected right-hander Miles Mikolas as their Opening Day starter, the club revealed Saturday. It’ll mark the first career Opening Day start for Mikolas, who is scheduled to go up against the Brewers when the team hits the road on March 28.
The 29-year-old righty was a strong contender for the 2018 NL Cy Young Award, earning All-Star distinctions and pitching to a career-best 18-4 record with a 2.83 ERA, 1.3 BB/9, 6.5 SO/9, and 4.3 fWAR over 200 2/3 innings. He’s positioned to lead the Cardinals rotation in 2019 as well, with former Opening Day starters Carlos Martínez and Adam Wainwright and some combination of right-handers Jack Flaherty, Michael Wacha, Alex Reyes, and John Gant behind him.
Manager Mike Shildt told reporters that Flaherty, Wacha, Wainwright, and Martínez had all been considered for the honor, but admitted that Opening Day honors were ultimately handed to Mikolas “in recognition of [his performance] last year.” The Cardinals are scheduled to play a four-game set against the Brewers to start the season and will stop over in Pittsburgh for another two games before returning to St. Louis for their opening homestand against the Padres on April 4. Additional pitching assignments have yet to be announced.