How should Diamondbacks approach Paul Goldschmidt’s contract extension?

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Twice this offseason, a pair of Arizona Diamondbacks Jerseys Diamondbacks officials were asked about the possibility of extending the contract of first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Both executives gave similar, unenlightening answers.

In November, CEO Derrick Hall talked about how glad the Diamondbacks are to have Goldschmidt under contract for two more years, then showered him with compliments. A month later, General Manager Mike Hazen flatly said he would not discuss Goldschmidt’s contract, then quickly shifted the topic to the slugger’s value to the team and community.

That neither executive would discuss in detail a topic as sensitive as a star’s contract situation isn’t surprising until you remember how willing the organization has been to talk about it in the past.

Hall used to gush about wanting Goldschmidt to be a “Diamondback for life.” No promises were made, but there was always an expectation the club eventually would explore a new contract for its franchise player, perhaps one that replaced the team-friendly pact he signed prior to his breakout year in 2013.

But the recent rhetoric gives off a Paul Goldschmidt Jerseys different vibe: It feels more like the club’s decision-makers are subtly preparing for the possibility of life without Goldschmidt. Not that they’re expecting to move on; just that they might have to.

Maybe that’s reading too much into it. Perhaps the club is quietly working behind the scenes on an extension. Or perhaps ownership still intends to do whatever it takes to keep him.

Whatever their plans, either outcome seems risky. Either the Diamondbacks invest huge money into an aging star or they let walk a player who is the clear face of the franchise and who could one day have his own statue outside Chase Field.

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