Earlier than the beginning of the 2023 season the Arizona Diamondbacks made an enormous dedication to 22-year-old outfielder Corbin Carroll. The group signed him to an eight-year, $111 million contract extension regardless of the actual fact he had solely performed in 32 massive league video games.
Just some months later that deal is already wanting like a possible steal for Arizona.
Carroll just isn’t solely one of many largest causes the Diamondbacks discover themselves on prime of the Nationwide League West standings coming into play on Sunday, he’s additionally wanting like probably the greatest outfielders within the league with limitless potential.
His numbers via his first 61 video games are staggering, as he is hitting .301 with a .949 OPS that’s sixth finest in all the main leagues.
He’s hitting for energy (13 residence runs and a .565 slugging proportion) 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 observe this season, and Carroll is the perfect 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 grow to be way more in style in baseball lately, as groups would reasonably take the chance 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 via his arbitration years it might have virtually definitely value them more cash down the road.
There is a component of threat to the technique, however when it really works out it’s a big win.
The Diamondbacks now have their finest participant and franchise cornerstone locked in via his prime years at a fraction of what it ought to value 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 likely to be a cautionary story for gamers to not promote themselves brief, as a result of Carroll might need value himself some cash in the long term.