The Arizona Diamondbacks and Miguel Montero avoided an arbitration hearing this morning when the two sides agreed to terms on a one year contract worth $5.9 million that will cover the catcher’s final year of arbitration eligibility. According to MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert, the two sides were literally minutes away from a hearing that would’ve decided between Montero’s $6.8 million request and the Diamondback’s $5.4 million offer.
Last season, Montero was one of five players from the Diamondbacks’ lineup to enjoy a career year, quietly clobbering 18 home runs and tallying a 4.3 fWAR, 4.5 rWAR and 3.8 WARP. Another one, Ryan Roberts, remains unsigned and eligible for arbitration.
Update: Ryan Roberts and the D’Backs agreed to a one year deal worth $2.0125 million.
Even before his inevitable signing, it’s worth noting that Arizona’s payroll has already risen from $53.6 million last year to $67.1 million this year, with free agent signings like Jason Kubel and Joe Saunders, as well as trade acquisitions like Trevor Cahill from the Oakland Athletics.
Despite the larger investment in talent, it shouldn’t be surprising at all if the Diamondbacks don’t have as good of a season as they did last year, when everything seemed to go right for the team.