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Miles Mikolas throws a bullpen session on Feb. 11, 2019.

QUESTION: We've heard a lot about what a deal for Goldschmidt could look like in terms of money and years. How about Miles Mikolas (shown above, throwing a bullpen session in Jupiter on Monday)? What would it take?

GOOLD: The general framework is going to draw inspiration from two deals the Cardinals did. First, the Kyle Lohse extension that came after his one-year breakout with the team (a la Mikolas) and, second, the deal that Mike Leake got for being that steady innings-eater that used to get paid a lot of money in the market (a la what Mikolas can be). Lohse's deal was for four years, and Leake's deal was for an AAV of $16 million. You're looking at an AAV that is near that and then the length of a deal around Lohse's or for three years with a fourth-year option. That could put it at a three-year, $55-million extension or it could be a four-year, $60-million deal that would give him a raise for this season and effectively be a three year-$48 million after that.

The Cardinals and Mikolas' agent have had discussions about this. It's clear that the Cardinals were thinking on the lower end at the time, and that Mikolas' camp was suggesting he's due a larger payday as a free-agent and the Cardinals had already helped create what that looks like with the Leake deal.

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