I said the Rays need to dip in to their talent pool to acquire a star first baseman and by trading for Paul Goldschmidt, they do just that. They don’t only acquire an all-star first baseman but they also make a statement. By adding one of the best players in all of baseball, they make a statement to the rest of the division and more importantly the league that they are ready to not only compete but to win now.
The Rays need to add power to right-handed side of their lineup and what better way to do so than by adding a perennial MVP candidate who has a team friendly contract in 2019. Goldschmidt would add power and production to the middle of the lineup, as he is one of the top run producers in the league year after year.
There are a few keys that allow the Rays to swing a trade like this. The first being, the team friendly final year on Goldschmidt’s contract, totaling 14.5 million. The second is that he only has a year remaining on that contract and while he is a perennial all-star and MVP candidate, the asking price will not be as astronomically high as it could be if he had multiple years left. The third is the aforementioned talent pool that resides throughout all levels of their system.
I am aware that the Rays will be hesitant to trade away future years of control for one year of Paul Goldschmidt, but as I said previously, they need to be aggressive this offseason and this is just about as aggressive as it gets. I do think that Jake Bauers would have to be involved in this trade for it to work, but I think the Rays can stomach that with Nathaniel Lowe waiting at AAA.
To avoid a bidding war with New York they need to make a substantial offer early. An offer the Diamondbacks cannot turn down as they enter a rebuild themselves.
My thoughts on how they should and could acquire Paul Goldschmidt can be found here.
Kevin Kiemair, Willy Adames, Tommy Pham, and Paul Goldschmidt could prove to be a formidable foursome atop the lineup.
Total Cost: 14.5 million and future big league talent.
2019 Cost: 14.5 million and possibly Jake Bauers.