Arizona Diamondbacks 2013: The D'Backs Should Definitely Extend Paul Goldschmidt

Gary OusdahlCorrespondent IIMarch 19, 2013

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 23:  Paul Goldschmidt #44 of the Arizona Diamondbacks bats during the spring training game against the Colorado Rockies on February 23, 2013 at the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Rockies defeated the Diamondbacks 11-2. (Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images)
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According to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports, the Arizona Diamondbacks are discussing a long-term deal with 25-year-old first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

And you know what?  They absolutely should be, because he is going to be one of the best first basemen in the National League.

Goldschmidt, who is going in to his third season with the D'backs in 2013, had a .286/.359/.490 slash line last year, 20 home runs, 82 RBI, 82 runs scored, 18 stolen bases and 147 hits in 514 at-bats.  And don't forget that he's also under team control until the 2017 season and is two years away from being arbitration-eligible.  

Yes, Goldschmidt is in a very interesting situation with Arizona. The smart thing would be to lock him up now while he's young and to establish a level of trust with a player from the front office perspective while the team can still get him for a price.

Kevin Towers isn't an inept general manager, and moves like this will only solidify the Diamondbacks' lineup as the team looks to compete against the Dodgers (the highest payroll in the league) and the Giants (two World Series championships in the last three years) in 2013.  

This extension would also signal a continuous trend for the Diamondbacks' front office, as it would be the fifth extension issued by the the team over the offseason (Aaron Hill, Martin Prado, Cliff Pennington and J.J. Putz).

In the long run, this would be great move for the Diamondbacks organization. Goldschmidt's production potential is real and will only increase as he matures as a player. Locking him in at first base is the best move the D'backs could make, and it looks like fans are only days away from hearing that he will remain with the team for many more years to come.