After extending qualifying offers to both Patrick Corbin and A.J. Pollock and getting rejecred, the Arizona Diamondbacks appear to be in full sell mode.
With those two likely bolting for lucrative deals in free agency, the next move for Arizona is to trade away the big contracts of Paul Goldschmidt and Zach Greinke in order to hit the reset button for 2019. We've heard a good amount about Greinke, but at least two teams are serious about acquiring the six-time All-Star first baseman.
While conversations around Goldschmidt have been significant, the reports suggest that nothing is imminent.
#Astros, #STLCards are the two teams that have had the most meaningful discussions with the #DBacks about a trade for Paul Goldschmidt, sources tell The Athletic. No deal is close; talks not yet advanced.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 20, 2018
Both the Astros and Cardinals already have quality options at first base with Yuli Gurriel and Matt Carpenter, but there's no question that Goldschmidt, who has one year left on his current deal, would be an upgrade over either player. Plus, both Gurriel and Carpenter can play multiple positions, so acquiring Goldy wouldn't shake anything up significantly.
Since 2012, the Diamondbacks' first baseman has played at least 145 games in six of seven seasons, hit 30 or more home runs four times, and collected three Gold Gloves. He's one of the most complete players in today's game and is sure to carry a hefty price tag for anyone looking to trade for him.
However, he might be worth whatever Arizona is asking as his skills can turn any talented team into an immediate title contender in 2019.