D’Backs Sign Miguel Montero To Extension

SATURDAY, 3:36pm: Montero will earn $10MM in 2013, $10MM in '14, $12MM in '15, $14MM in '16, and $14MM in '17, according to Keith Law of ESPN.com (via Twitter).

12:30pm: The team has officially announced the five-year extension with a press release.

FRIDAY: The Diamondbacks and catcher Miguel Montero have agreed to a five-year, $60MM contract extension, reports Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (Twitter link). The deal is the richest in Arizona club history and is expected to be announced at a press conference tomorrow.  ESPN's Buster Olney reports (via Twitter) that the contract doesn't afford Montero any no-trade protection.

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The two sides had been discussing an extension over the winter and had seemingly tabled negotiations, though GM Kevin Towers said earlier this month that the D'Backs were open to in-season talks.  Montero was scheduled to hit free agency this winter and would have been one of the more sought-after players on the market.  Montero, an Octagon client, turns 29 in July.

Montero can probably thank Yadier Molina for his five-year, $75MM extension with the Cardinals in March that raised the bar for catcher contracts.  As Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic points out on Twitter, the D'Backs originally offered Montero a four-year, $32MM deal in late February before talks broke off.  Montero's wish for a contract similar to Victor Martinez's four-year, $50MM deal with the Tigers was more than granted in terms of length and dollars, if not in average annual value.  Still, Montero's contract will award him the fifth-highest AAV for any catcher — Martinez is not included in that group since he has mostly been a DH since going to Detroit.

Montero broke out in 2011, hitting .282/.351/.469 in 2011, making his first All-Star Game and leading the league by throwing out 40% of baserunners attempting to steal.  While his hitting has taken a step back (.255/.350/.343) thus far in 2012, his already-strong defense has improved even further, with a caught-stealing percentage of 59% (16 of 27).

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46 Comments on "D’Backs Sign Miguel Montero To Extension"


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James Attwood
3 years 1 month ago

Wow. Though I am stoked, I didn’t think they would go there for that length and money both. Say goodbye to Stephen Drew. Be interesting to see what they do with Kennedy and Hudson now too.

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3 years 1 month ago

 Exactly, Drew is gone. But that’s no biggie because we have Willie and Johnny Mac for next year until Chris Owings is ready.

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James Attwood
3 years 1 month ago

Not sad at all to see Drew leaving myself. He’s been highly overrated for a player that plays a game that often seems uninspired.And I agree that Catchers generally need to be overpaid in order to wrap them up. I’m still leary about a 5 year deal though, especially for Miggy. He should have been here 2 years ago, but he’s had significant injuries.

I was hoping for something more in the 4/40 range. But Yadi made sure that wasn’t going to get the job done.

Hoping Owings makes it up by the end of 2013.

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Snoochies8
3 years 1 month ago

probably shouldn’t count on owings to be your SS of the future, to be honest.

he has a ridiculous k-rate and bb/k rate just in in high-A and is repeating the level (although age is still on his side), and the california league causes sort of a mirage for hitters. 

not saying he won’t pan out, not saying he will, just probably should wait on him a little longer before anointing him your next SS

Guest
3 years 1 month ago

This is all true, however he’s taking huge strides in regard to walks this year. I’m not sure if he’ll be ready next year, but I think he will make the major leagues.

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Snoochies8
3 years 1 month ago

he’s going to have to take GIGANTIC strides when it comes to walking

he had a 2.7% walk rate last year, even if he doubles it this year, that’s still not good enough.

he’s also been fueled by a high babip, which shouldn’t drop a lot because he’s speedy, but will still drop

Guest
3 years 1 month ago

He’s at 6% right now, which isn’t good, but is better. It is still important to remember that he cant even legally buy alcohol until August. 

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James Attwood
3 years 1 month ago

I’ve long suspected that Owings would be traded well before reaching the bigs (if he ever does). If the Dbacks can retain Miggy, Upton, Young, and Kubel, and have Goldschmidt remember how to hit, I have a feeling they will be happy to go out and purchase a league-average vet to fill in at SS if and when Bloomquist and McDonald ever become unserviceable there.

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Deftones17
3 years 1 month ago

Drew was gone anyway.  I think that was happening regardless of this deal.  No way they pick up the $12 million dollar option for him next year.  I appreciate his services, but he’s not in the long term plans for the team.  

Plus with Owings in the minors and Davidson/Borchering, we may have quite a few prospects here soon. 

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James Attwood
3 years 1 month ago

No way they were going to pick up the option. But now I’d be rather surprised if they even bother to negotiate with him beyond offering a token contract. He was struggling before he got hurt, and now he’s coming up on passing a year out of the game. He’s going to be hard-pressed to get a big multi-year deal.

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3 years 1 month ago

Great job KT, might’ve overpaid a little bit but you HAVE to with catchers or he’d end up in LA or SF. Who would replace him… Henry Blanco and Konrad Schmidt? Yeah.
At the end of the day we have him, Upton, Young and the rest of our core locked up for a while.

Guest
3 years 1 month ago

 He wouldn’t have ended up in SF.  They have a very nice and young catching duo with Posey and Sanchez.  But I do think Sabean will target Stephen Drew this winter. 

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vtadave
3 years 1 month ago

Thanks, but we’re pretty happy with A.J. Ellis for pennies.

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Guest
3 years 1 month ago

Note to Cubs, Soto is not worth this amount. Wait, Jim Henery is not the GM anymore. Whew!

Guest
3 years 1 month ago

Worth it, no one in the farm system, and I believe he would have definitely gotten more on the free market. 

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James Attwood
3 years 1 month ago

That’s the key. No one close to coming up really and he would have gotten at LEAST that same offer on the FA market. Maybe now he stops swinging for the fences every AB now that he has his contract. He’s striking out at an abysmal rate this season.

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3 years 1 month ago

He was making progress before the groin injury, I’m not really worried about him. He has great opposite field power, and he was getting back towards that.

Guest
3 years 1 month ago

I was actually envisioning a trade with Blue Jays for Arencibia (assuming Jays go with d’Arnaud).  Nice to have Miggy under contract.  Hope he starts getting back to his 2011 self though.  He’s been pressing this year.  

Guest
3 years 1 month ago

I thought that was feasible as well, but I’ll always be wary of A.A. and the way he seems to fleece people. 

Guest
3 years 1 month ago

The problem is Arencibia isn’t that good of a catcher. I don’t know how he is defensively but offensively he’s basically Carlos Pena in catcher form. I think D’Arnaud for Skaggs and a lower level prospect could have been a good deal. 

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3 years 1 month ago

I’m personally not willing to part with Skaggs. We traded JP, now I’d like to see the other big pieces stay in Sedona Red. 

Guest
3 years 1 month ago

More like the other way around.  It would take D’Arnaud + to get Skaggs.  Skaggs is widely viewed as the better prospect.

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vtadave
3 years 1 month ago

I don’t know about “widely”. BP had D’Arnaud at #16 and Skaggs at #21. BA had D’Arnaud at #17, Skaggs at #13. Pretty even.