Catcher Miguel Montero has agreed to a one-year, $5.9 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, avoiding what would have been the year's first salary arbitration hearing. The January 31 deal was made at $200,000 less than the midpoint of the $6.8 million requested by Montero and the $5.4 million offered by Arizona. Montero batted .282 with 18 homers and 86 RBI last year.
Third baseman Ryan Roberts and the Diamondbacks came to terms on a $2,012,500, one-year deal, avoiding arbitration. Roberts had asked for a $2,275,000 salary, and the team had offered $1.65 million. The 31-year-old hit .249/.341/.427 with 19 homers, 65 RBI and 18 stolen bases last season.
Right-handed pitcher Brad Ziegler and the D-backs had reached agreement on a one-year, $1.795 million contract to avoid arbitration on January 24. Ziegler, acquired from Oakland at trading deadline last July 31, throws from the side, and the unorthodox delivery made him extremely difficult on right-hander hitters last season. Ziegler held righties to a .188 batting average, one of the lowest marks in the major leagues.
The D-backs have one arbitration case pending, with southpaw Craig Breslow. The 31-year-old made $1.4 million with Oakland last season and enters just his second year of arbitration-eligibility.
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