MLB Franchise Notes: D-Backs Says Goldschmidt Trade "Bittersweet"
D-backs Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick said the team's trade that sent 1B Paul Goldschmidt to the Cardinals was "bittersweet." Kendrick: "You have to make decisions based upon what you think is best for the team. And you have to, I think, be respectful of those you hire to make those decisions, and let them do what they think is right. I try to do that." He added, "We're sometimes put in position to make decisions we wish we didn't have to make. Yet, our responsibility is to the long-term success of the team. And we feel this decision will contribute to that over time" (THEATHLETIC.com, 12/6).
STUCK IN THE MIDDLE: In San Jose, Kerry Crowley noted the Giants under new President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi have "yet to commit to a direction" for the '19 season. The Giants "don't appear willing to follow the multi-year rebuild process that led the Cubs and Astros to recent titles and they certainly don't want to begin Opening Day with rosters devoid of enough legitimate major league talent, like the Marlins and Orioles will." Instead, Zaidi and the Giants "seem more inclined to add depth and value wherever possible, setting the stage for more climactic seasons" in '20 and '21 (MERCURYNEWS.com, 12/6).
BIG CITI CHANGES: On Long Island, David Lennon notes the Mets are "doing something they've rarely been able to do throughout their recent history, and that's control the narrative" and to make fans "believe they have the right people to make this a winning franchise again." Seeing 2B Robinson Cano and P Edwin Diaz put on Mets jerseys this week was a "big part of that." Gone is the "staggering inertia that used to plague the Mets before every New Year, replaced by a boundless optimism preached" by new Exec VP & GM Brodie Van Wagenen (NEWSDAY, 12/6).