Earlier than the beginning of the 2023 season the Arizona Diamondbacks made an enormous dedication to 22-year-old outfielder Corbin Carroll. The staff signed him to an eight-year, $111 million contract extension regardless of the very fact he had solely performed in 32 large league video games.
Just some months later that deal is already trying like a possible steal for Arizona.
Carroll shouldn’t be solely one of many greatest causes the Diamondbacks discover themselves on prime of the Nationwide League West standings getting into play on Sunday, he’s additionally trying like probably the greatest outfielders within the league with limitless potential.
His numbers by way of his first 61 video games are staggering, as he is hitting .301 with a .949 OPS that’s sixth greatest in the complete main leagues.
He’s hitting for energy (13 residence runs and a .565 slugging share) whereas additionally blazing up the bottom paths by going 18-for-20 on stolen base makes an attempt.
He does all of it.
The Diamondbacks are loaded with younger expertise and have been one of many on-the-rise groups to look at this season, and Carroll is the very best of the bunch.
Signing him to a long-term deal and giving the group cost-certainty with him seems to be like it’s going to be an excellent transfer by Arizona’s entrance workplace.
That technique has develop into way more widespread in baseball in recent times, as groups would fairly take the danger to pay extra now to doubtlessly keep away from handing out a mammoth contract (or dropping their participant) down the road. Had the Diamondbacks simply let Carroll develop by way of his arbitration years it will have virtually actually price them extra money down the road.
There is a component of danger to the technique, however when it really works out it’s a large win.
The Diamondbacks now have their greatest participant and franchise cornerstone locked in by way of his prime years at a fraction of what it ought to price them.
It makes you marvel if much more instances will attempt to comply with that path sooner or later. It additionally is sufficient to marvel if it is perhaps a cautionary story for gamers to not promote themselves brief, as a result of Carroll may need price himself some cash in the long term.