Diamondbacks’ long-term talks with Miguel Montero stalling

Mark J. Miller
Scoop Du Jour

The Arizona Diamondbacks would like to have catcher Miguel Montero back for a multiyear deal, but those conversations haven't gone anywhere yet this offseason, according to the Arizona Republic. GM Kevin Towers says, though, that the discussion hasn't gotten to the point where the two sides have turned to just talking about a one-year scenario, the paper reports.

"Our hope is to keep him well beyond this year, but we haven't made much progress," Towers said, the Republic notes.

Part of the problem, Towers noted, is that there haven't been a lot of long-term contracts signed in recent years for catchers so it's difficult to find a comparable to work with.

Montero appeared in 140 games for Arizona last season, his most as a big leaguer. He also batted .282 with 18 homers and 36 doubles and brought in 86 runs while scoring 65 of his own, all career highs for the 28-year-old Venezuelan who made his first trip to the All-Star Game as well in 2011.

"I'm a big believer that if there's a will, there's a way," Towers told the Republic. "I think Miggy likes it here and we like him here. We just have to keep working at it."

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