SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Sitting in his office overlooking Salt River Fields on Wednesday, D-backs CEO/president, Derrick Hall, addressed a number of topics with the team’s beat reporters.
Here’s a look at some of what Hall had to say:
On the Padres reported signing of infielder Manny Machado to a 10-year, $300 million deal, which eclipsed the six-year, $206.5 million the D-backs gave Zack Greinke prior to 2016
“I think it’s very similar to when we made the decision on Zack. I think it was a time where we felt like we could make that next step from a competitive standpoint. I think they see it, too. I think it’s good for them. I think it’s exciting for the division, I think it’s exciting for their fans. They’re clearly trying to send a message that they believe in their team and the competitiveness of it. They probably believe in themselves this year, but especially for say the next two to obviously 10 years.”
On whether the D-backs could have afforded to sign first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to a contract extension with Greinke still having three years on his deal
“I think there was a possibility that we would have stayed with Goldy and maybe continued to try and figure out a long-term solution, although we had a pretty good idea of what that was going to look like and where we thought we would have had to go. It probably would not have worked with a salary already committed to Greinke and others. We were just more focused on what’s the return going to be because we figured Paul was going to test free agency as he should, and we were just, too, I think intrigued and impressed with the return that we got."
On if the D-backs have made any progress on finding a new location should they leave Chase Field
“It’s been limited to this point just because we haven’t felt an urge or a need at this point. So, [I] see it maybe accelerating a bit in the near future, but we also have to focus on downtown, too, which we haven’t done enough of, to see if it’s a viable option to stay. There’s still a lot of work to do there. What it would look like if we were to retro or refurbish [Chase Field] and if there’s any sort of development opportunities around it. But I think the day of standalone stadiums is not nearly as popular a move or model as what we see now with mixed use and with multiple acres. We just have to see what’s out there – you know, land availability, proximity, partnership opportunities, what the abilities are downtown. There’s a lot for us to do.”
On season ticket sales for this year
“I’d say right now they’re about even to where we were last year. But again, I give a lot of that credit to the schedule. It’s a very impressive schedule and anytime you can announce that you’re going to have Yankees and Red Sox here along with weekends with Cubs and Dodgers that’s going to keep your retention up higher and it’s also going generate a lot of single-game sales, which we haven’t even gotten to yet. I could see single game’s going at a much faster pace than last year.”