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Thursday, January 23, 2020

D-Backs reportedly not blowing up roster despite Paul Goldschmidt trade

Zack Greinke

The Diamondbacks made one of the biggest splashes of the MLB offseason when they traded star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to the St. Louis Cardinals, but that move was apparently not the start of a total rebuild in Arizona.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the D-Backs have received interest in all of their players since they dealt Goldschmidt, but they do not plan to hold a fire sale.

That sounds like posturing more than anything. It’s hard to convince teams you plan on trying to contend in 2019 when you just traded away arguably your best player, so that is probably Arizona’s way of letting teams know they have not entered desperation mode. If they traded Goldschmidt, they are almost certainly willing to at least listen to inquiries about any player on their roster.

We already have heard numerous reports that the Diamondbacks are working hard to trade Zack Greinke, though they may have to eat some of his contract to do that. There are likely some players on their roster that they envision being part of their future, but the D-Backs are obviously willing to go through some huge changes. They don’t have to label it a “teardown,” but their offseason activity thus far tells the story.



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