The calendar is about to officially flip to 2019, meaning we can soon say baseball will be played “this year” instead of “next year.”
Now that a clean slate is in view, many of us have probably made some New Year’s resolutions to uphold over the next 12 months. MLB clubs are no different, so we gave each team one resolution to work toward in 2019.
Arizona Diamondbacks: Find a Taker for Zack Greinke
Arizona followed a surprising 93-69 performance in 2017 (which included a trip to the postseason) with a disappointing 82-80 mark this past year. With the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies seemingly not going anywhere in a competitive National League West, the organization has made it clear that a changing of the guard is coming.
At least, that’s the only real way to explain trading away first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Goldy only had one year remaining on his contract, but was due to earn $14.5 million. It’ll be a lot harder to do, but the other player Arizona would probably love to move is starting pitcher Zack Greinke.
Following a rough debut with the club in 2016, Greinke has basically been as advertised for the Dbacks, producing 8.6 fWAR in his last 410 innings. However, the right-hander is entering his age-35 season and is under contract through 2021 for more than $100 million.
Arizona will inevitably have to eat some salary to make any trade a reality. But even if they have to kick in $50 million to an interested team, they’ll also be saving $50 million through the next three seasons, which would make a huge difference.