Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
Contract: $8.875 million (2017), $11M (2018), $14.5M (2019 team option)
Why they should trade him: They went 69-93 in 2016 as the pitching collapsed. The farm system doesn’t have any obvious contributors ready for 2017, so competing with the Dodgers and Giants the next couple of seasons appears unlikely. Goldschmidt’s team-friendly contract is a bargain for a player of his caliber, making him affordable to big-market and small-market teams. His OPS dropped 106 points in 2016, so what if he’s starting to decline?
Why they shouldn’t trade him: Sure, they Michael Oher Authentic Jersey had a bad 2016, but they might be closer than people think. If A.J. Pollock returns from his injury and Zack Greinke pitches better, you’re adding two star players. Robbie Ray had a lousy ERA but an incredible strikeout rate, and he’s a breakout sleeper for 2017. A relatively inexpensive star such as Goldschmidt is exactly the kind of player the D-backs need to build around. The one thing available in free agency this offseason is a first-base type such as Edwin Encarnacion, Mike Napoli, Mitch Moreland and others, so teams might find easier to just sign a free agent.
Possible trade partners: Rangers, Astros, Nationals, Red Sox, Yankees, Rockies, Indians, Mariners.
The Mavs sold Jordan on being the face of the franchise, which is what he said he wanted, right up until the moment he stopped returning their text messages and phone calls. Perhaps the pressure got to him after Cuban publicly declared that Jordan could be a 20-20 man and MVP candidate. Or maybe Jordan realized how good he had it in L.A. during the impromptu team meeting at his Houston home, which ended with him signing the contract that sealed his return to the Clippers.
“When you come together as adults outside of basketball and try to figure stuff out, things work out,” Jordan said. “I feel like that’s what we did a year and a half ago. It all worked out for the best. I’m happy I’m Mike Remmers Authentic Jersey here. I’m pretty sure that the team’s happy I’m here. That’s in the past. We’re looking forward now.”
As Clippers coach/president of basketball operations Doc Rivers said, “It probably woke everybody up. Those are guys you’ve got to try to keep. You’ve got to keep him, and we did.”
Life in L.A. is awfully good for Jordan and the Clippers these days. Jordan might never be the man with the Clippers, but he’s a huge part of their success.
“He’s the world,” Rivers said when asked what the big man means to the team, referring to Jordan’s dominant defensive presence, infectious energy and impact on the offensive end as one of the NBA’s most feared finishers.