When you look up the word mediocrity, the Arizona Diamondbacks are the first thing that comes up. Since winning the World Series in 2001, the Diamondbacks have played at or below .500 in 10 of their last 15 seasons.
They have a perennial MVP candidate in Paul Goldschmidt who is seeing the prime of his career roll by. At the same time, the Diamondbacks have a farm system that is consistently ranked in the lower half of baseball.
It's time for the Diamondbacks to cut the cord with Paul Goldschmidt.
Where is a good fit for the power-hitting first baseman? The number one option may be the Pittsburgh Pirates, who are playing career utility players John Jaso and Sean Rodriguez since losing Pedro Alvarez. They are also 22nd in the league in home runs with 55, so power behind Andrew McCutchen would be a welcoming sight.
Additionally, the Pirates have a large number of contracts coming off the books following the 2016 season, including the dead money from Jose Tabata. Taking on a relatively reasonable contract for someone who has finished second in the MVP voting twice should not break the bank in Pittsburgh. He has two more years on his deal, then a club option for 2019 worth $14.5 million.
The Diamondbacks could easily get some of the Pirates top prospects, including first baseman Josh Bell and Tyler Glasnow. The Pirates would have to pay a hefty price, but the opportunity to win in Pittsburgh is here and how.
The Mets could be another team interested in Goldschmidt, as Lucas Duda is hitting only .231 so far this season.
The Zack Greinke contract is 100% unmovable, as it pays the 32 year old pitcher an average of more than $34 million every year for the next five seasons.
General Manager Dave Stewart must take a good hard look at his team and make the necessary moves if he wishes to put a World Series ring on his finger. Making the tough moves such as trading Goldschmidt, Segura, or Tomas will pay off in the long run for Arizona and hopefully return them to the promise land.