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.
Mariners starter Félix Hernández pitched well enough for a win on Wednesday afternoon, but Padres starter Chris Paddack was just a little bit better. Hernández allowed one run on three hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in the Mariners’ 1-0 loss. Paddack tossed seven scoreless innings on one hit and one walk with nine strikeouts.
With eight strikeouts on the day, Hernández passed Don Drysdale to move into 36th place on Major League Baseball’s all-time strikeouts leaderboard at 2,488. Max Scherzer currently sits in 35th place at 2,493. Christy Mathewson is Hernández’s next target at 2,507.
On the season, Hernández is now 1-2 with a 3.91 ERA and a 21/3 K/BB ratio across 25 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old had a rough 2017 and ’18, but the first-place Mariners are hoping he has something left in the tank. Hernández is earning $27 million this season and can become a free agent after the season.