The Arizona Diamondbacks are slowly building themselves back into a contending franchise. On Saturday, they made certain that a key piece of their present and future core will not be going anywhere.
According to Jeff Passan from ESPN, the Diamondbacks have signed Carroll to an eight year deal worth $111 million. There is also a team option for 2031 worth $23 million, while there are also built in escalators over the final three guaranteed years of the deal.
Arizona Diamondbacks make needed move with Corbin Carroll
There is always a degree of risk with any long term deal, especially for an unproven player. Carroll may arguably be considered the top prospect in the game, but he also has just 115 major league plate appearances. He did perform well with a .260/.330/.500 batting line, hitting four homers and nine doubles, giving the Diamondbacks a reason to hope that they found the next face of their franchise. However, it is still a considerable gamble to hand Carroll that type of deal.
It is also the type of move that the Diamondbacks needed to make. The Padres and Dodgers are not going anywhere and are going to contend for the foreseeable future. As the Diamondbacks look to return to relevance, they are going to need to find a way to contend with those powerhouses. That involves locking up their younger talent as quickly as they can.
Carroll is the beginning of that. An excellent hitter with an advanced approach at the plate and impressive speed, he can be a mainstay atop the Diamondbacks lineup. That profile also made him exactly the type of player they needed to keep. The Diamondbacks have made certain the future face of the franchise is staying put.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed Corbin Carroll to a long term deal. He is not going anywhere in the near future.