Diamondbacks, Montero Avoid Arbitration

The Diamondbacks announced that they avoided arbitration with catcher Miguel Montero (Twitter link). The sides agreed to terms on a one-year, $5.9MM deal minutes before this morning's scheduled hearing, MLB.com's Steve Gilbert tweets.

As MLBTR's Arbitration Tracker shows, Montero and his representatives at Octagon had asked for $6.8MM, while the Diamondbacks had countered with a $5.4MM offer. The Diamondbacks now have two unsigned arbitration eligible players: Ryan Roberts and Craig Breslow.

Montero, who earned $3.2MM in 2011, is entering his final season of arbitration eligibility. He posted a .282/.351/.469 line with 18 home runs in 553 plate appearances last year, when he made his first All-Star team. He'll join Yadier MolinaMike Napoli and Russell Martin on next year's free agent market, assuming he doesn't sign an extension first.

7 Responses to Diamondbacks, Montero Avoid Arbitration Leave a Reply

  1. James Attwood 3 years ago

    Dbacks got a steal here. I’m still not entirely convinced that this whole process does not come back and bite them though. Since the contract is only a 1 year deal, he’s still going to hit FA at the end of the year. If he does, the Dbacks are almost certainly going to be in the market for a new backstop.

    • Unfortunately, that’s the impression I’ve gotten from this team the last two years or so. ¬†Hopefully we’ll get another postseason appearance to use as ammunition to keep the band together while we still have Upton.

  2. stl_cards16 3 years ago

    Yadier Molina, Napoli, and Montero could all be free agents after this season.¬† That’s a pretty impressive group of catchers.

  3. DbacksAreBeast 3 years ago

    If we don’t extend Montero that would be a huge loss. I want a 5 year / 43 mil. deal.¬†

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