PHOENIX (AP) — First baseman Paul Goldschmidt and the Arizona Diamondbacks are close to agreement on a $32 million, five-year contract that would run from 2014-18, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
The deal would include a $14.5 million team option for 2019 with a $2 million buyout, the person said Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been finalized.
In his first full season last year, Goldschmidt hit .286 with 43 doubles, 20 home runs and 82 RBIs. He agreed in February to a deal paying $500,000 if he is in the majors this season.
The new deal gives him a $500,000 signing bonus, $1 million in 2014, $3 million in 2015, $5.75 million in 2016, $8.75 million in 2017, and $11 million in 2018.
This would mark the fifth significant contract for the Diamondbacks this year following deals with second baseman Aaron Hill, third baseman Martin Prado, closer J.J. Putz and shortstop Cliff Pennington.
Goldschmidt's talks were first reported by ESPN.com.
Before Friday night's exhibition game against Cincinnati at Chase Field, Goldschmidt declined to talk about the contract because nothing had been officially finalized.
"Obviously there's rumors out there and when something happens I'll be able to say something about it," he said, "but right now nothing's final or official or anything like that, so I don't have too much to say.
Manager Kirk Gibson was gushing in his praise for Goldschmidt and his approach to the game.
"What's not to like," Gibson said. "I mean, everything he does from the time he gets to the park until the time he leaves every day. He's very good at preparation, before, during the game, after, a great teammate, works really hard. He has high aspirations to be a world champion. He wants to win a Gold Glove. And he would never change. It will never change until he stops playing. We talked about the 'Diamondback way' the last couple of year and he's a model of a Diamondback guy."
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