The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to terms on one-year deals with All-Star catcher Miguel Montero and infielder Ryan Roberts, according to D-backs' Executive Vice President and General Manager Kevin Towers. With both deals, the team and the players avoid arbitration.
"It feels so nice," Montero said of having the issue settled. "I feel relieved and happy to get it done, man. I can't wait to get to Spring Training and start playing. That's the fun part. That's what it's all about. We're going to have a good team again this year."
Signing Montero was a must for the D-backs. The 28-year-old made his first All-Star team this past season and led all NL catchers with a .471 slugging percentage, 36 doubles, 55 extra-base hits and 86 RBI, while hitting .282 with a career-high 18 home runs. In six seasons with the D-backs, Montero has hit .271 with 58 home runs and 246 RBI in 513 games.
Roberts is coming off a career year on offense after hitting .249 with 25 doubles, 19 home runs, 65 RBI, 18 stolen bases and 86 runs scored.