First baseman Paul Goldschmidt was deftly tap-dancing around the elephant in the room on Friday afternoon when catcher Miguel Montero — in a way only he can — jokingly called attention to it.

“Oh, you guys are talking to the rich guy!” Montero yelled toward a group of reporters encircling Goldschmidt.

Well, technically, Goldschmidt isn’t so rich yet. But sometime today the Diamondbacks are expected to finalize a five-year, $32million contract with their young slugger, a deal that will cover the 2014-2018 seasons and include a team option for 2019.

Goldschmidt, though, was mum with reporters.

“Obviously there’s rumors out there,” he said. “If something happens then I’ll be able to say something about it. But right now, nothing is final or official or anything like that, so I don’t really have too much to say.”

Though he has spent less than 11/2 seasons in the majors, the Diamondbacks view Goldschmidt as one of their cornerstone players.

In his first full season last year, he hit .286 with 43 doubles, 20 homers, a .359 on-base and .490 slugging.

“We’ve talked about the ‘Diamondback Way’ the last couple of years several times, and he’s the model Diamondback guy,” manager Kirk Gibson said. “The model guy.”