There's a chance. That would be an accelerate timetable than the one the Cardinals expect. How they've approached this is simple:
-- Get him to spring training. Give him a chance to get to know the team, know Shildt, know the setup, know the front office, know the young players, the culture all of it.
-- Approach him with the question about wanting to stick around, and how he'd like those talks to go.
-- Get a sense if he has a deadline, like say Pujols did (before starting spring training) or Mikolas does not (he said he's open to talking extension whenever).
-- Move on from there.
The Cardinals expect to have talks with Goldschmidt's agent during spring training, and it wouldn't be a shock at all if those took place in person in Jupiter, Fla. One internal idea is that talks in spring will lead to an extension that could be completed in May. Maybe by the All-Star break. Yes, the free-agent market factors into Goldschmidt's view, but so does his activeness in the union. His comments make clear that he has an issue with how things are going in free-agency and that he's going to want to help the union push that concern and the market with his offer. I'll add this tidbit, which has been reported at the PD before, but is worth mentioning: There was a sense in Arizona that the Cardinals made the trade with a good idea of what it would take to sign Goldschmidt to an extension and that they are ready to make that offer -- once they know that he wants to stick around.