The Official Arizona Diamondbacks Insider tweets that Arizona and catcher Miguel Montero have worked out a one-year, $2 million contract, avoiding arbitration in his first year of eligibility. Montero's 2010 contract represents a 471% raise over his 2009 salary of $425,000.
The 26 year-old Venezuelan native began 2009 backing up Chris Snyder but seized the opportunity presented by Snyder's stint on the disabled list to claim the starting job as his own. He posted a batting line of .310/.360/.504 from June 1st to the end of the season. His career minor league numbers indicated he would hit well at the big league level, but he hasn't put it all together until this past season.
Montero's signing reduces the number of arbitration eligible players to 127. The D-Backs remaining arbitration eligible players include Stephen Drew, Chad Qualls, Aaron Heilman and Edwin Jackson and have until today to file. Please visit the salary arbitration page for more information.
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