Jan 29, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT
Montero requested $6.8 million and was offered $5.4 million when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month. The two sides have been unable to find a middle ground in the weeks since, and that’s unlikely to change within the next few days.
Montero, 28, posted a .282/.351/.469 batting line with 18 home runs and 86 RBI in 140 games last season while earning $3.2 million as a second-year arbitration-eligible player. He’s currently on track to become a free agent after this year’s World Series.
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