D-Back Chatter: Group Think Has Goldschmidt On Track

Right up until D-backs manager Torey Lovullo delivered the news, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt did not think he would have been playing in his sixth consecutive All-Star Game.  

Certainly not on May 22, when he was hitting just .198 and had those in baseball wondering what in the world was going on with him. Plenty has changed since them, as Goldschmidt gets ready for a weekend series against the Rockies, fresh from that All-Star appearance.

Goldschmidt overcame his struggles at the plate by working with D-backs hitting coach Dave Magadan, assistant hitting coach Tim Laker and hitting strategist Robert Van Scoyoc. The work paid off.

The 30-year-old spent time individually with each of the coaches working in the batting cage. He spent time with each of them individually looking at video. Then, he worked in the cage with them as a group and looked at video with all three of them.

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PHOENIX -- The D-backs followed up a surprise 2017 postseason berth with a 20-8 start to the season, and after a disappointing May, they rebounded to go 19-9 in June to show that they have what it takes to contend again.

The organization went all in financially this past winter, as it opened the season with a payroll of around $135 million -- more than $20 million more than the franchise record.

General manager Mike Hazen traded some of his young capital in February to acquire outfielder Steven Souza Jr., making it clear the that team will do all it can to take the next step this year.

    Last year, Hazen pulled off the trade of the non-waiver Trade Deadline when he acquired outfielder J.D. Martinez for a trio of Minor Leaguers. He'll be hard-pressed to top that one this year.

    He will be looking to repeat that effort this year.

    With left-hander Patrick Corbin and outfielder A.J. Pollock set to become free agents after this season and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt after 2019, plus a thin farm system, the D-backs' window to contend is clearly right now. They will look to maximize it as much as they can.

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