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.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.
Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.
Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.
The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.