win over the Arizona Diamondbacks before the bottom of the third inning because of the injury.This year has been an unlucky one

#1 von elaine95 , 04.12.2018 08:18

Ralph Freso/Getty ImagesIn a widely expected move , the Arizona Diamondbacks picked up the $14.5 million club option for first baseman Paul Goldschmidt,'s Steve Gilbert reported Monday.Goldschmidt averaged .290 and slugged .533 while posting 33 home runs and 83 RBI in 2018. His 5.1 WAR ranked 18th among MLB position players, per FanGraphs.Picking up Goldschmidt's option was a no-brainer for Arizona. According to Spotrac, he'll be theninth-highest-paidfirst baseman in baseball along with Matt Carpenter next season. Goldschmidt's salary is a bargain relative to his production.The big question is whether the Diamondbacks look to cash in on Goldschmidt's trade value before he hits free agency in 2020.After notching 93 victories and reaching the National League Division Series in 2017, Arizona went 82-80 in 2018. The team finished 9.5 games back of the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers and 8.5 games out of the last wild-card spot.The franchise may be trending downward next year David Ross Jersey , especially considering it could lose A.J. Pollock and Patrick Corbin as free agents this winter.In September, general manager Mike Hazen didn't say one way or the other whether the Diamondbacks might start tearing down their roster this offseason, perNick Piecoroof theArizona Republic:"I don't have an answer for that right now.There's obviously a myriad of avenues and realities that we're going to talk through. We have a solid core of talent on this team and for the majority of the season we've been in first place. We're going to start [in] the next few weeks to really [assess] where we stand. I think that will dictate what happens next."Even though he's entering the final year of his contract, trading Goldschmidt would likely mean receiving a top prospect or two to get a rebuild underway.Of course, the Diamondbacks could trigger a long-term rebuilding plan and re-sign Goldschmidt anyway Steve Cishek Jersey , using him as a veteran leader much like how the Cincinnati Reds lean on Joey Votto. Piecoro speculated Goldschmidt might prefer to stay in Arizona rather than leave for a bigger market.Locking Goldschmidt in for 2019 was the easy part for Hazen and the Diamondbacks front office. The hard part is deciding what to do next. Joe Sargent/Getty ImagesThe Colorado Rockies placed second baseman DJ LeMahieu on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with a left oblique strain.In a corresponding move, Colorado called up shortstop Garrett Hampson.LeMahieu exited Friday's 11-10 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks before the bottom of the third inning because of the injury.This year has been an unlucky one for the second basemen, who has already been on the disabled list because of a hamstring strain and a sprained thumb.LeMahieu had avoided these types of problems in the past, playing at least 145 games in each of the last four seasons.The 30-year-old is one of the National League's top players at his position.He has topped a .300 batting average in each of the past three seasons, winning a batting title in 2016 by hitting .348. He also has two Gold Gloves and two All-Star appearances to his credit.Though the injuries have seemed to slow him down a little Drew Smyly Jersey , he remains an elite fielder and has hit .278 with eight home runs and 34 RBI so far in 2018.Until LeMahieu returns, the Rockies will likely turn to Hampson and Pat Valaika.Colorado will hope for a speedy recovery since it is in the midst of a playoff race, trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers by just two games for the National League West lead.

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