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.
Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.
The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”
Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.
Now, however, Kopech has opted out.