Report: Diamondbacks willing to listen to offers on Goldschmidt, Greinke

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This is potentially depressing news for Dbacks fans: Jon Heyman reports that the Diamondbacks are willing to “listen on anyone,” including Paul Goldschmidt and Zack Greinke.

The franchise is definitely at a turning point right now. Two of their biggest stars — A.J. Pollock and Patrick Corbin — are free agents, Goldschmidt going into his walk year and Greinke carries with him an extraordinarily large contract that, while palatable if the team is in playoff contention, makes no sense for a team looking to rebuild. Assuming the Dbacks are going to rebuild, anyway.

For what it’s worth, trading either of their G-men would be a tall order. Goldschmidt remains an MVP-caliber player and is only making $14.5 million in 2019, so he’d take quite a haul of prospects, even if it is his walk year. Greinke, in contrast, is set to make over $90 million over the next three years and would, without question, require the Dbacks to eat a healthy portion of his salary to unload him. If the Snakes are interested in getting prospects for him, sure, that’s an option, as a cheap Greinke would be pretty valuable to any number of teams. If the goal is cost savings, welp, good luck.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.