The Diamondbacks are in negotiations with Paul Goldschmidt for a long term deal

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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.

Tigers, Royals to play a regular season game in Omaha next year

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Major League Baseball announced today that the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers will play a regular season game in Omaha, Nebraska next year to open the festivities for the College World Series.

The game will be played on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha two days before the first game of the Series. It will be televised nationally by ESPN. TD Ameritrade Park has a seating capacity of 24,000, with the ability to expand to 35,000 spectators. Which, um, probably means this will be one of the larger crowds for the Royals next year if the club’s current trajectory continues.

This will be the fourth small-park, special occasion regular season game for Major League Baseball in recent years. hIn July 2016 the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins played at Fort Bragg, North Carolina for service members. Last August the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals played in the inaugural Little League Classic, which took place at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. There will be a second Little League Classic in Williamsport this August between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets.