Corbin Carroll

Diamondbacks shortstop prospect could be a prime candidate for an early-career, long-term extension.

In just the last 12 days, two of baseball’s brightest stars signed lucrative long-term extensions — and neither has played a full year in the majors. It's a trend across baseball — one that the Diamondbacks may want to get in on sooner than later.

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Diamondbacks second half storyline Corbin Carroll throws during minor-league mini-camp at Salt River Fields.

The All-Star break has come and gone, and the Arizona Diamondbacks’ second half gets underway on Friday against the Washington Nationals. Manager Torey Lovullo knows his team has a lot of work to do. “Our record is what it is,” Lovullo said. “We know that we’ve won 40 baseball games, and for me, that’s not very satisfying.” The Diamondbacks stumbled to the halfway point, dropping four of their five series in July and losing 26 of their last 41 games since June 1. “I feel like we can improve on a lot of areas,” Lovullo said. “There [have] been some chips that we’ve left on the table, whether it’s been picking up the baseball defensively, making pitches, landing pitches at…