The Arizona Diamondbacks and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt have made a long-term commitment to each other on Friday morning that is good for both parties.
Arizona and Goldschmidt agreed to a five-year, $32 million contract extension. ESPN’s Jim Bowden broke the news first with several other news outlets following in his footsteps.
The deal is a smart move by the Diamondbacks because they get a young, talented offensive first baseman for several years down the road at $6.4 million per season. This contract means Arizona will get Goldschmidt in his prime years for a price that will allow them to still be competitive in acquiring other players to fill positions of need on the team.
The 25-year-old batted .286 with 20 home runs, 82 RBI, 43 doubles and 18 stolen bases in 514 at-bats last season. This was his first full season in which he saw consistent playing time in the big leagues. With that being said, he was successful in his limited opportunities in 2011 when he batted .250 with eight homers and 26 RBI in 156 at-bats.
Another reason the Diamondbacks were confident in signing Goldschmidt to a multi-year deal was because he has shown great potential in the postseason. The right-handed batter posted a whopping .438 batting average with two home runs and six RBI in 16 at-bats against the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2011 National League Divisional Series. Most young players who are experiencing the playoffs for the first time struggle in the spotlight, but Goldschmidt became a natural leader with his outstanding performance.
Goldschmidt is also a great defensive first baseman who has only committed seven errors in 1,679 total chances over the past two years for a .996 fielding percentage.
It is clear that the 6-3, 245-pound slugger is destined for greatness in the desert for many years to come. The Diamondbacks knew exactly what they were doing when they signed him, and the fans in Arizona have to be thrilled to have a talented player with a huge upside on their team for the next five years.