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Phillies talks on Paul Goldschmidt reportedly fall apart over Carlos Santana

Phillies talks for Goldschmidt reportedly hit snag over Carlos Santana (Photo: Arturo Pardavila III)

Another day, another rumor involving the Philadelphia Phillies and an available big name ball player. This time that player is Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

It was earlier this month that I first wrote here at Phillies Nation on the Phillies interest in Goldschmidt. At that time the club was being considered a “best fit” by the staff at Sports Illustrated for such a deal.

Goldschmidt is due to become a free agent following the 2019 season. The Dbacks could wait and see what unfolds during that 2019 campaign before making any final decision on trading their superstar. If they aren’t in contention, they would likely look to move him as the non-waiver deadline approaches next July.

Dealing him now would yield a greater package in return. Whatever team was able to obtain Goldschmidt would have his services for the entirety of that 2019 season if they desire and would have a chance to woo him into signing a longer-term deal.

However, there appears to have been a snag in the Phillies talks with Arizona. The report on the potential deal and that snag came from insider Jayson Stark of The Athletic today via Twitter:

As Stark stated, pitcher Zach Eflin was one piece in the conversations between Phillies GM Matt Klentak and his counterpart in Arizona, Mike Hazen.

No specific names of the “young players” discussed was made available. You could certainly speculate and not likely be far off to feel that it was some combination of Maikel Franco, J.P. Crawford, and any combination of outfielders Aaron Altherr, Nick Williams, or Roman Quinn.

What specifically regarding Santana might have caused any Phillies-Dbacks deal to fall apart is open for speculation. Perhaps it was Klentak trying to push Hazen to take on some of Santana’s contract. He is owed $40 million over the next two seasons. Goldschmidt is due to make $14.5 million next year.

Dealing Santana is more and more becoming obviously high on the Phillies list of priorities. Shedding any or all of the money owed to him over the next two years would certainly help the club financially. They would love to spend that money in other places, and are already looking to return Rhys Hoskins to first base.






  1. Gordon Chandler

    November 26, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    The Phillies management is dumb dumb dumb. Getting Santana was big mistake, moving Hoskins to leftfield, a big mistake, now trying to get Goldschmidt for 1b, dumb, dumb, dumb. Put Hoskins at 1st and release Santana since we are going spend stupid money anyway.

  2. Craig Glessner

    November 26, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Maybe the Diamondbacks don’t need a ( PROVEN ) hitter. I wonder how loud the laughter was when Klentak offered Santana as part of the deal. I don’t really know what the hell we are going to do with Goldschmidt anyways he plays first base and only has 1 year on his contract why offer anything for him and give up youth.

    • Matthew Veasey

      November 26, 2018 at 4:06 pm

      The only thing that I can possibly think is that Klentak (correctly) saw Goldy as a much more impactful middle-order bat. Get him at a reasonable $17.5 million for next year and live with Hoskins in LF again. See if you can ink Goldy to a 3-4 year deal at a decent price and make that a long-term plan. But it only works if you can dump Santana. Not saying it’s a great plan – but I like it better than Hoskins at 1B and Santana at 3B in 2019, or Hoskins in LF and Santana at 1B this past season. Seems a moot point at this stage, though the Braves moves today are really putting on the pressure, as if it weren’t already.

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