Jan 26, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT
As first reported by Mike Axisa of MLB Trade Rumors, the Diamondbacks avoided arbitration on Wednesday evening with Miguel Montero by agreeing to a one-year contract that will pay the catcher $3.2 million in 2011.
Montero was eligible for arbitration this winter for the second time in his career. Last season he pulled in $2 million while batting .266/.332/.438 with nine homers and 43 RBI across 331 plate appearances. He missed about two months due to a torn meniscus and subsequent surgery.
Montero has good power potential and plays half of his games at Arizona’s Chase Field, a park that tends to help power hitters shine.
If the 27-year-old Venezuelan native can stay healthy, he should do damage in what will be his sixth major league season. He’s likely to bat near the heart of the Diamondbacks’ batting order.
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