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Diamondbacks exercise Paul Goldschmidt’s 2019 option

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The Diamondbacks have exercised first baseman Paul Goldschmidt‘s 2019 club option worth $14.5 million, the club announced on Monday. No surprise there.

Goldschmidt, 31, turned in another terrific season, batting .290/.389/.533 with 33 home runs, 83 RBI, and 95 runs scored in 690 plate appearances. He managed to put up those numbers despite carrying a .681 OPS following an 0-for-4 performance on May 18.

Goldschmidt, a six-time All-Star, will become eligible for free agency after the 2019 season. Given his age, it seems unlikely that the Diamondbacks would want to entertain a long-term contract extension.

Rays place Austin Meadows on 10-day injured list with thumb sprain

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Rays outfielder Austin Meadows has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right thumb sprain, per a team announcement Sunday. No concrete timetable has been given for his return to the lineup just yet, but he’s scheduled to meet with a hand specialist on Sunday as the Rays try to determine the extent of his injury.

Meadows, 23, suffered the sprain in the seventh inning of Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the Red Sox. He lined a two-run triple into the right-center field gap — one of a franchise-record four triples that the Rays recorded in the game — but slid awkwardly into third base and jammed his right thumb in the process. He didn’t appear to be in obvious pain following the hit, however, nor was he removed from the game at the time.

Prior to the setback, Meadows carried a hefty .351/.422/.676 batting line with six homers, 19 RBI, and a 1.097 OPS through his first 83 plate appearances of 2019. He was replaced by Guillermo Heredia in right field for Sunday’s series finale and will likely lose a few starts to Avisaíl García as well.

In a series of corresponding moves, right-handed reliever Jake Faria was optioned to Triple-A Durham, infielder/outfielder Andrew Velazquez and righty reliever Emilio Pagán were recalled from Triple-A, and reliever Hunter Wood was placed on the paternity list. Second baseman Joey Wendle was also reinstated from the 10-day injured list after rehabbing a left hamstring strain and is scheduled take over the keystone during the Rays’ matinee against the Red Sox on Sunday.