PHOENIX - APRIL 05: Miguel Montero #26 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a 2 RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of the Opening Day major league baseball game at Chase Field on April 5, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
According to reports, the Arizona Diamondbacks have reached an agreement on an extension with catcher Miguel Montero to keep him in the desert a little longer.
Source: #DBacks and Miguel Montero agree on five-year, $60 million extension. Press conference expected Saturday.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) May 25, 2012
If the report is true, the deal keep will Montero in a Diamondback uniform through the 2017 season. The 28 year old Montero was set to become a free-agent after this season, and his representatives and those from the team had been in talks to work out a new deal before the season. Those were broken off so Montero could concentrate on playing ball, but apparently negotiating behind the scenes started up again recently. The five-year, $60 million deal is a big increase from the four-year, $32 million deal the Diamondbacks were previously offering, according to reports.