Paul Goldschmidt excused from Diamondbacks to be present for the birth of his first child

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National League MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt was not included in the Diamondbacks’ starting lineup when it came out Wednesday evening and there was no sight of him or his street clothes in the visitors clubhouse at Denver’s Coors Field. Now, via MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert, we know why …

Arizona has a scheduled team off day Thursday, so Goldschmidt is only going to miss a game or two.

The 27-year-old first baseman boasts a .322/.437/.563 slash line with 27 home runs, 97 RBI, 21 stolen bases, and 85 runs scored in 132 games this season for the Diamondbacks, who will travel to Wrigley Field next.

Phillies sign Drew Storen and Bud Norris to minor league deals

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reported this afternoon that the Phillies signed veteran reliever Drew Storen to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. If Storen makes the major league roster, he will earn a $750,000 salary.

Storen, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2017 with the Reds. That year, he posted a 4.45 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 23 walks over 54 2/3 innings. Storen then underwent Tommy John surgery, which cost him the entire 2018 campaign. He inked a minor league deal with the Royals last year but struggled in nine appearances with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, resulting in his being released in June.

Robert Murray reports that the Phillies have also signed pitcher Bud Norris to a minor league contract. The right-hander, who turns 35 years old in March, missed the 2019 season due to a forearm injury. Norris was last seen in the majors in 2018 with the Cardinals, compiling a 3.59 ERA with 67 strikeouts and 21 walks over 57 2/3 innings of relief.

The Phillies had major bullpen problems last year and haven’t otherwise made any new additions so far this offseason. They’re hoping Storen and Norris have a little bit left in the tank.