[Fancred Sports] Inside Baseball MLB Notes - Arizona Diamondbacks - They are considering everything, as expected, and that includes a trade of D-Backs icon Paul Goldschmidt. That will be a “very difficult” thing to do, GM Mike Hazen admits — he is that beloved in Arizona — but two rival GMs predicted that Goldschmidt will be dealt... Some execs think a trade of Zack Greinke may actually be more likely, though one estimated that the D-Backs would likely have to pay down a third of the $105 million remaining.
[FanGraphs] Elegy for ’18 – Arizona Diamondbacks - It’s not 2019 that’s possibly scary for Arizona and Goldschmidt; the short-term is not the question. What is scary, if Arizona did extend Goldy rather than trade him, is what his decline phase looks like [the article has a projection for Goldy’s next few years. It... isn’t pretty]. Goldschmidt has been — with the exception of a brief appearance from J.D. Martinez — the centerpiece of the D-backs offense. Losing him would be really tough. On the other hand, if Arizona’s internal projections are anything like ZiPS, they probably can’t sign him either — unless he’ll agree to a Carlos Santana-type deal rather than an Eric Hosmer one. So the idea of Goldschmidt starting 2019 wearing new threads is not far-fetched.
[Forbes] Patrick Corbin’s Free Agency Is A Perfect Blend Of Curiosity And Necessity - It’s safe to say Patrick Corbin will finally emerge from the shadows of relative anonymity and will be expected to perform at an elite level no matter where he signs his highly anticipated nine figure free agent contract. As the melodrama surrounding the courtships of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado steal most of the headlines in the early days of the hot stove season, Corbin’s free agency is arguably just as important. As his name is regularly mentioned with a blend of curiosity and necessity, Corbin is the ideal upgrade that could pay dividends if the 2018 season serves as a harbinger of greatness to come.
[Fansided] Twins 2018-2019 Offseason Trade Partner Profile: Arizona Diamondbacks - The Diamondbacks find themselves in a situation where they need to decide is it time to rebuild or is there one more potential run in the cards for the team. They could potentially be looking to unload some contracts and also looking to upgrade their catching, outfield, and both starting and relief pitching.
[FiveThirtyEight] Nobody Wants Baseball’s 30-Something Free Agents Anymore - This MLB offseason, star players searching for contracts like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are going to be fine. But the majority of free agents in baseball this winter? They might be in store for another long wait as the game continues to trend younger — younger than it’s ever been for position players in the free agency era.
[New York Times] Bill James, No Stranger to Controversy, Believes His Current One Is ‘Unfortunate’ - James has rankled his team and the players’ union with Twitter posts questioning the relative worth of players and suggesting that they are replaceable. In a Wednesday tweet that has since been deleted, James wrote: “If the players all retired tomorrow, we would replace them, the game would go on; in three years it would make no difference whatsoever. The players are NOT the game, any more than the beer vendors are.”
[Cincinnati.com] Scott Boras: Non-competitive teams are ‘cancer’ to baseball - “For the first time in our game, we’ve got eight teams that have finished with 95 losses and three teams with over 100 losses,” Boras said. “The fans just don’t want to see it. In our current system, we have a cancer that allows losing and an intent to lose and a non-competitiveness to be rewarded in the development environment.”