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Miguel Montero wants a Victor Martinez-type contract

Mar 29, 2012, 7:34 PM EDT

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D’Backs catcher Miguel Montero cut off extension talks with the Arizona front office earlier this spring.

And it sounds like they might never resume.

According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Montero “is said to be looking for a deal similar to Victor Martinez‘s $52-million, four-year contract (with the Tigers), and the chances for him to make a deal with Arizona appear slim under those conditions.”

Also hurting the Snakes’ cause is the recent five-year, $75 million extension struck between the Cardinals and Yadier Molina.

Montero, 28, posted a .282/.351/.469 batting line with 18 home runs and 86 RBI in 140 games last season. He’ll earn $5.9 million in 2012 before hitting the free agent market five days after the World Series.

  1. wj4122 - Mar 29, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    The league is riddled with catchers that have a good year and get a big contract and then decline. The talent offensively is very rare at that position recently. Montero needs to have another solid year at least before any club should give him victor type money.

  2. lorddarkhelmet - Mar 29, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    when will he begin to hit like VMart?

    • djpostl - Mar 29, 2012 at 9:45 PM

      I like the guy’s production but it isn’t nearly good enough (nor consistent enough…3 times dbl digit home runs in 5 years, only two years over 100 gms played, never over .300) to warrant that kind of deal.

  3. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Victor Martinez has had one season since 2004 with an OPS lower than .832, and it was a season where he was injured. That season, 2008, is the only season since 2004 he has taken less than 300 AB.

    Miguel Montero’s career high OPS? .832
    His career high BA is less than .300

    Good luck, Miguel, but I don’t think you will ever see V-Mart money.

  4. maddogg911 - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    You have to earn your stripes first

  5. sicklife1 - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Who?

  6. wj4122 - Mar 30, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    I hope they don’t give in. He is nowhere that bBut he does hold

  7. wj4122 - Mar 30, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    A bit of an advantage in that there are so few quality catchers…….offensively. But he is too unpredictable, especially since he has already missed big chunks of past seasons due to injury.

  8. 5thbase - Mar 30, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    I like Montero for what he is, but he’s nuts if he thinks he’s worth that kind of money. I would let him walk and get a good defensive catcher (which he never will be) for less than half the money.

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