PHOENIX (AP) — The post-Goldschmidt era is about to begin in the desert.

For the first time in nine years, the Arizona Diamondbacks will open a season without Paul Goldschmidt at first base. The fan favorite and perennial MVP candidate was traded during the offseason, leaving a huge hole in Arizona’s lineup.

The Diamondbacks insist they’re not in rebuilding mode, though. Not just yet.

With key players still on the roster and new players who should fill at least some of the void, the Diamondbacks are hoping to again compete for a playoff spot even with one of baseball’s best players on a new team.

“We have some new parts and we know that,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “And as much as it hurt

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