Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - The Arizona Diamondbacks and Paul Goldschmidt
are reportedly on the verge of agreeing to a five-year contract extension.
According to the Arizona Republic, the deal will pay Goldschmidt $32 million
and includes a club option of $14.5 million for 2019.
Goldschmidt emerged as the Diamondbacks' everyday first baseman in 2012, his
first full season in the majors. In 145 games, he batted .286 with 20 home
runs, 43 doubles and 82 RBI.
The 25-year-old has had a splendid spring, hitting a robust .414 with a .493
on-base percentage in 27 games.
Despite his limited experience at the big league level, the Diamondbacks
clearly view Goldschmidt as one of their cornerstone players.
Selected by Arizona in the eighth round of the 2009 draft out of Texas State,
Goldschmidt reached the majors two years later after posting impressive
numbers in his minor league career.
Goldschmidt, who never played a game in Triple-A, batted .314 with 35 homers
and 108 RBI at Advanced Single-A in 2010 and compiled a .306-30-94 line at
Double-A the next year before being promoted.
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