There’s no doubt the Diamondbacks are looking for potential suitors for high-priced ace Zack Greinke and franchise man Paul Goldschmidt. And while folks suggest they wouldn’t be surprised to see Goldy traded, the question is: where is the fit?
The Astros, Goldy’s hometown team, may be most logical. But after that, few teams seem to be seeking a first baseman. The Red Sox were mentioned, but All-Star Moreland has a year to go, and Boston’s main emphasis is the bullpen. Philly and Milwaukee also were speculated on, but the Phillies would like Rhys Hoskins to be their first baseman and Jesus Aguilar seems like Milwaukee’s inexpensive answer.
The Cardinals could also make some sense but they’d probably prefer a lefty hitter.
The Diamondbacks would be willing to pay down some of the $105 million on Zack Greinke’s contract, but potentially complicating matters is Greinke’s 15-team no-trade list. That list isn’t public, but the Yankees and Red Sox were two teams that seemed to stay away from Greinke in the belief that those cities might not be the best fits for him (though to be fair, Greinke has pitched for five teams, including two in Los Angeles — well, one sort of Los Angeles — and performed well in all five).
The last time things got interesting with Greinke was the trade talk with Texas that would have sent Shin-Soo Choo to Arizona. Texas isn’t looking to make that sort of splash at the moment, though.
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