​The Arizona Diamondbacks are reportedly set to enter a rebuild prior to the 2019 season. 

 

According to Bob Nightengale, MLB columnist for the USA Today, the D-Backs are expected to "strip down" the entire team. That includes All-Star starting pitcher Zach Greinke and All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. 

​​This comes as a surprise from a franchise which finished the year at 82-80 and were, for a large portion of the season, in the playoff hunt. 


​Greinke is under contract through the 2021 season while there is a club option for ​Goldschmidt for 2019 before he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2020. 


BUT, Greinke is owed more than $31 million a year over the next three seasons, and if the Diamondbacks were to find a taker – even if it meant paying down some of his contract – they potentially could bring back young talent in a trade and free up cash to be spent strategically in free agency.

Don't tell me there won't be ​MLB teams in the market for players like Greinke and Goldschmidt (Rockies, Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs, Cardinals to name a few). 


Arizona should be able to swap their two All-Stars for prospects and jump start this imminent rebuild.