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Diamondbacks and Miguel Montero avoid arbitration at last minute

Jan 31, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

Miguel Montero AP

Miguel Montero and the Diamondbacks had an arbitration hearing scheduled for today, but the two sides agreed to a one-year contract just moments before going in.

Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Montero will get $5.9 million, which is $200,000 less than the midpoint between his $6.8 request and the team’s $5.4 million figure.

Montero is coming off a breakout season in which he hit .282 with 18 homers and an .820 OPS in 140 games and the 28-year-old catcher will be a free agent next offseason, so Arizona getting him to accept a long-term deal figures to be very difficult (and costly) at this point.

  1. natstowngreg - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Interesting how the reality of legal proceedings can encourage opposing sides to settle.

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