GM Dave Stewart: “We want to make [Paul Goldschmidt] a lifetime Diamondback.”

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If Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart has his way, he’d keep first baseman Paul Goldschmidt in Arizona for his entire career. He said by phone to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, “We want to make him a lifetime Diamondback.”

The organization will consider a longer-term contract when the season is over. Goldschmidt is signed to one of the most team-friendly contracts in baseball, currently in the second year of a five-year, $32 million extension signed on March 29, 2013. After 2015, he’ll earn $40 million over the next four seasons.

Goldschmidt, 27, finished second to Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen for the 2013 National League Most Valuable Player Award. He’ll at least finish high in the NL MVP Award balloting after this season, as he enters Friday’s action hitting .341/.457/.584 with 22 home runs, 83 RBI, 74 runs scored, and 19 stolen bases. He leads the majors in batting average and walks (89), and leads the league in RBI. According to FanGraphs, only Bryce Harper (6.9) has more Wins Above Replacement than Goldschmidt (5.6) in the NL.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”