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.
According to MLBlogs.com, Montero's deal is for $5.9 million and Robert is for $2.012 million.
"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.